Doncaster Deaf Trust started life 188 years ago as a School for the Deaf with 11 male pupils and one head teacher. Today the Trust manages a Nursery, a School, a College, a Care Home, residential accommodation and a Specialist Employability unit, all contained on a 24 acre secure campus on the outskirts of Doncaster in South Yorkshire.
Our children and young people all have a disability listed under the umbrella term; ‘Communication Deficit Disorders’ which includes; Downs Syndrome, Ataxia, Fragile X Syndrome, Cohen Syndrome, Coffin Lowry Syndrome, Duane Syndrome, Gushers Syndrome, Genetic Deafness and Hearing Impairments, Aspergers Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Conditions
We deliver a full curriculum, in addition to British Sign Language and an extensive Skills for Life Programme. We also deliver a broad range of vocational training, including: Motor Vehicle Engineering, Joinery, Construction Skills, Hair & Beauty, Catering, Horticulture, Photography, CAD/CAM, IT, Business & Admin, Sports & Leisure.
We are a residential school and college, with pupils and students referred to us from all over the UK.
We're one of only a small handful of Specialist Schools and Colleges in the UK and like many specialist establishments, our funding has been cut. Each year we have to do more and more simply to stand-still and so we need people and organisations to speak on our behalf. It doesn't matter whether this is socially, or in your sports club or hobby group or whether you talk regularly with decision makers at local or central government. The more people are aware of us and what we do, the more people will (hopefully) support us by making a donation, granting a legacy, volunteering with us or sponsoring an event and it all helps! Please, if the education of young people who are already at a disadvantage is close to your heart, tell someone about us. Thank you.
Doncaster Deaf Trust is involved in five different European-wide Projects, working with 15 European Countries to help make the place a little more equal when it comes to the education and training opportunities available for people with a range of disabilities.Read more
The Spread the Sign web-page and telephone App is an international dictionary of the following national sign languages: Swedish, English (BSL), American English (ASL), German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Icelandic, Latvian, Polish, Czech, Japanese, Turkish. American Sign Language and baby signs are also included in this dictionary.Read more
Working Across Europe on International ProjectsRead more