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Royal School for the Deaf Derby

Royal School for the Deaf DerbyRoyal School for the Deaf Derby is an inclusive school in culture, policy and practice, providing an excellent education for deaf children aged from three to nineteen and preparing them for adult life.

Cheryll Ford, Principal, introduces the school and outlines its Vision Statement:

We provide deaf children with access to language, literacy and all curriculum areas.

This enables them to achieve their potential in communication, academic, social and emotional development.

We are a signing and speaking community where the languages and cultures of both deaf and hearing people are valued. We develop our pupils’ skills in BSL and English, and these are taught and assessed formally.

We promote a positive sense of identity for all pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life in both deaf and hearing communities.

The school’s Ofsted report said: “Pupils in all year groups achieve very well. Boys and girls and pupils with additional learning needs achieve equally well. Pupils whose first language is not English also make very good progress.”

“Specialists teach their subject, in either the primary or secondary department, and this makes a significant contribution to pupils’ achievements.”

Royal School for the Deaf Derby

  • Royal School for the Deaf Derby is a child-centred day and weekly residential school (four nights’ boarding), which provides deaf children aged from 3-19 with access to language (English and BSL), literacy and all curriculum areas. It promotes a strong sense of identity and through its 24-hour curriculum prepares young people for adult life
  • We are a signing and speaking community where the languages and cultures of both deaf and hearing people are valued
  • We develop our pupils’ skills in BSL and English, and these are taught and assessed formally
  • We offer individual programmes to meet each pupil’s needs. Some secondary pupils attend mainstream schools and colleges for part of their curriculum delivery and the primary department has developed two-way links with local primary schools. Deaf pupils from mainstream schools attend RSDD for BSL, Deaf Studies and other options
  • We promote a positive sense of identity for all pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life in both deaf and hearing communities
  • We encourage parents of deaf children to visit our school and experience the breadth of our provision
  • We are an Investor in People supporting staff training and development

Royal School for the Deaf Derby

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