The Deaf Academy on course to open new Exmouth base in September – with children’s home already up-and-running

The Deaf Academy is on course to open the doors of its new school in Exmouth in September – with a children’s home already up-and-running in the town. 

Covid-19 setbacks had delayed the £10.5million development on the former Rolle College site after the charity spent nearly 200 years at its former home in Topsham Road, Exeter.

Youngsters looked after through the academy’s children’s home have already moved into the property thanks to a helping hand from a city-based company.

Rolle House was ready to be used just before lockdown and will provide all-year-round provision.

The Deaf Academy had been left struggling to find a suitable building in Exmouth for the facility before property firm Eagle One stepped in.

A suitable house was identified and its acquisition achieved within a month of initial discussions.

Eagle One has granted a long lease to The Deaf Academy to ensure that the home is available for the long-term.

Director Nick Hole said: ‘We were absolutely delighted to be able to assist such an exceptionally worthwhile cause.

“The acquisition will enable the academy to accommodate children who require an intensive amount of assistance and support and will now be available in time for the opening of the Exmouth facility.”

Vicky James, registered manager of Rolle House, said: ‘We’re so grateful to Eagle One for enabling us to provide our young people with such an amazing, homely environment.

“With their help we now have the perfect home in Exmouth, and we haven’t had to compromise on anything.

“The young people we work with deserve the best and this home really does tick all the boxes.”

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A view of the Deaf Academy’s front entrance.

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Inside the Deaf Academy, an artist’s impression.

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