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Shannon's BSL Success

Shannon with the BSL class

Sixth Former, Shannon Jarman, has become the first hearing student at St Paul’s to pass her Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (BSL).

Shannon became interested in learning BSL because she had a deaf friend at school and wanted to be able to communicate better with her.  She started going to BSL classes at school two years ago and says:  “I went with another friend who was deaf and used to watch her signing with her interpreter, I just fell in love with it!”

To pass the Level 1 Award Shannon had to take three exams in which she had to ask and answer questions in BSL.  She studied for over 60 hours.  Shannon explained:  “The structure of BSL is very different to the way a hearing person speaks so it was very challenging – I can’t believe I passed.”

Shannon, who is studying Health and Social Care and Science, hopes to eventually be a Teacher of the Deaf.  She currently volunteers as a note-taker for a deaf student in one of the Year 8 RE classes. 

Bryan Whalley, Teacher of the Deaf at St Paul’s Catholic School, said:  “We are so proud of Shannon’s achievement, she has been a dedicated and enthusiastic learner.  We run BSL classes every week and both hearing and hearing impaired pupils are very welcome to attend.”


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