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Doncaster School for the Deaf

Doncaster School for the Deaf, established in 1829, is a day and residential school for deaf children from the ages of 4-19 years.

We aim to teach the full curriculum through the pupil's preferred language modality and by teachers of the deaf in small class groups.

We believe that all pupilswho are deaf can learn and take an active part in achieving their full potential.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jane Goodman
Contact Position
Deputy Head Teacher
Telephone
01302 386733
E-mail
secretary@ddt-deaf.org.uk
Website
www.deaf-trust.co.uk/.../school

Where to go

Name
Doncaster School for the Deaf
Address
Leger way
South Yorkshire
Postcode
DN2 6AY

Other Details

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referrals are made by professionals and fees are paid through the Local Authority.

Pupils are individually assessed for suitability to attend and we admit pupils throughout the year and at any time during their school career.

Pupils will be invited for a short assessment period prior to admission and we aim to liaise with other educational settings to provide a smooth transition.

Other notes

We have specialist facilities for children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing with pupils attending from across the country.

We provide British Sign Language, deaf studies tuition, speech & language therapy, medical & audiology services as standard.

Local Offer

Description

The new SEN System has the intention of giving children, young people, parents and carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring their needs are properly met. It will:

  • replace special needs 'Statements' with a 0-25 Education and Heath Care Plan (EHCP)
  • offer families personal budgets
  • improve cooperation between services requiring Education , Health and Social care services to work together
  • require Local Authorities to publish a Local Offer which will show the special educational provision and support available to disabled children, young people and their families.

You can find out more about the local offer from Chapter 4 of the 0-25 SEND Code of Practice. The following is the response of Doncaster School for the Deaf to the Local offer:

What do we aim to do and who do we provide for ?

We are a non-maintained day and boarding school for deaf children aged 4-19 years and work closely with them to achieve their ambitions. We believe that all children who are deaf can learn and take an active part in achieving their full potential. 

Our pupils access a full and personalised curriculum in small class groups. In addition we provide British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies tuition, Speech and Language Therapy, Audiology and Medical Services.  Our staff include experienced and qualified Teachers of the Deaf, secondary subject specialist teachers who are also Teachers of the Deaf, teachers and support staff who are themselves deaf and experienced learning support assistants. All staff aim towards having BSL level 3 skills or above.  

We aim to teach the curriculum through the pupil's preferred language modality, aiming not only to provide high standards of education but also to develop a positive self-image, self-esteem and self-respect among pupils. We develop pupils communication skills including  British Sign Language (BSL), Sign Supported English (SSE)  or spoken  English - enabling them to develop internalised language and effective thought processes. Languages and cultures of both Deaf and hearing communities are valued and respected. 

Our Sixth Form pupils are given opportunity to access further academic or vocational qualifications. We work in partnership with the Communication Specialist College Doncaster which shares our campus and allows pupils greater flexibility with their options. 

What areas does it cover?

Pupils come from a number of local authorities. The school has a small residence/ care home  which is open to deaf children from throughout the UK. The school has bright modern classrooms and excellent sports facilities which include an indoor heated swimming pool. Our school is managed by Doncaster Deaf Trust and works in partnership with Little Learners Nursery and Communication Specialist College.

We strive towards strong partnerships with parents, families, other professionals and wider deaf and hearing communities.  

Is our service fully accessible?

Classrooms are acoustically treated and teaching groups are small. We aim that pupils are taught by  teachers of the deaf who have good BSL skills. Most of our staff are native BSL users or have trained in this area. Pupils are supported by an experienced team of learning support assistants.Training is put in place to meet specific medical needs of pupils and the school has a qualified nurse onsite. The school also provides Audiology services and Speech and Language Therapy. 

What training for supporting the children and young people with SEND do we have or are  having?

The school has a comprehensive professional development programme that reflects the roles of  staff and the individual needs of pupils. We aim for all staff to have BSL skills to level 3 or above. Teachers are trained as Teachers of the Deaf.  Training in the medical needs of  pupils and safeguarding are regularly updated. All staff who work in residence are NVQ Level 3 qualified in Children and Young People.   

Who can I contact for further information?

Contact:

secretary@ddt-deaf.org.uk or principal@ddt-deaf.org.uk

01302 386733

Contact Name
Jane Goodman
Contact Telephone
01302 386733 (term-time) or 01302 386710 (school holidays)
Contact Email
jgoodman@ddt-deaf.org.uk
Links
Local Offer & EHCPs
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-15 years)
Primary (5-10 years)
SEN Provision Type
Targeted
Last updated: 18/01/2019
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