Kelston and van Asch Deaf Education Centres to merge

Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland, and van Asch Deaf Education Centre in Christchurch, will merge to form one national school and network of services for children and students who are deaf or hard of hearing from July 2020.

The two centres support more than 2700 students. They provide a wide range of supports at the Deaf Education Centres, and across New Zealand for deaf and hard of hearing students who attend their local school.

Their services include early childhood education, NZSL tuition, residential options, and a transition service for 18-21 year olds. The centres also provide advice and resources for teachers.

These existing services will continue. The merger means that the planning, management and delivery of support will be coordinated by a single school, providing services across New Zealand. The two schools are already governed by a single board of trustees.

The merger decision follows extensive consultation by the board of trustees and the Ministry with the deaf community. The merger will take place from the beginning of Term 3 2020.

Read the announcement from Minister Hipkins here

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