SchoolDoncaster School for the Deaf - An education that is right for your child. Doncaster School for the Deaf was founded in 1829, which makes us one of the oldest deaf schools in the UK and we are proud of our long history and achievements. We provide a pupil-centered approach to education from the earliest years up to the age of 19. All pupils have an Education and Health Care Plan, which ensures that we know exactly what we need to do to meet their special educational needs. Although we are based in Doncaster, we are a national resource and pupils come to us via local authorities from all over the UK. We offer a safe and nurturing environment in which children can learn and communicate effectively to achieve their goals. Our schoolBelief Statement and BackgroundOfsted ReportAdmissionsOur facilitiesResidenceSafeguarding/ Support and WelfareContact usCommunicationLanguage and CommunicationSpeech and Language TherapyBritish Sign LanguageAudiologyCurriculumEYFSPrimaryCurriculum Plans-PrimarySecondaryCurriculum Plans-SecondarySixth formSpiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC)Pupil PremiumSports PremiumE-SafetyUseful infoStatutory policies and infoWork For UsFor parentsTerm Dates and School DayAbsencesParent Information and PackNewsletters archiveUniformLocal Offer and EHCPSFor pupilsSchool CouncilE-SafetyActivities and clubsE-LearningMoving on Moving on Pupils have moved onto local colleges, the school sixth form or the Communication Specialist College Doncaster. Outcomes We believe deafness in itself is not a barrier, or obstacle, to learning and every pupil deserves to have the highest of expectations for achievement. ‘For the past two years, Year 11 pupils have attained five or more GCSE passes, all in academic subjects. In addition, some have gained vocational qualifications, for example in hair and beauty.’ Ofsted 2012 ‘Adults are quick to identify pupils who have a gift or talent and endeavour to foster these. Work with a drama specialist has enabled talented pupils to take part in local productions. Talent in sport has resulted in pupils playing sport at county level or, for example, following a course in equine care.’ Ofsted 2012 Achieving qualifications All curriculum work is aimed at helping pupils achieve recognised qualifications. A wide range of assessment tools and qualifications are used which include GCSE, Entry Level Certificate of Achievement, ASDAN, CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness), British Sign Language (BSL) and Unit Awards. Careers education and guidance The School aims to support local agencies in providing balanced, impartial careers advice to pupils to help them make self-directed decisions about their future in further education, training or employment. We make good use of our unique links with the Communication Specialist College Doncaster, a leading provider of post-16 education and training for deaf and hearing impaired people and those with additional communication or complex needs. The College is situated on the same grounds as the School and has extensive and well-equipped teaching rooms, modern specialist workshops and residential buildings.