We're all set for a really busy November celebrating reaching an incredible milestone – we are 190 years old! 

For nearly two centuries Doncaster Deaf Trust has been providing education, training and care for deaf and hearing impaired children, young adults and, more recently, those with communication and learning difficulties. We work with young people from across the country providing the earliest possible specialist intervention and to equip them with the education, knowledge and skills to succeed in employment.

To mark the Trust’s incredible 190th birthday, a number of events have been held including an ex-pupils get together and a celebratory dinner for all current staff, stakeholders and supporters.

In addition, students from the school have been busy decorating ceramic hands to make a permanent display to mark the occasion. They also took part in a drama performance about the history of the Trust and some staff and pupils wore Victorian costumes throughout the day.

Alexis Johnson, executive principal at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “We’re extremely proud of our history and the work we have done over the years to support deaf and hearing impaired children and young people receiving specialist intervention, in partnership with their families, to achieve their hopes and aspirations and lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. We have some really exciting plans ahead to ensure we can continue to grow and develop the services on offer and are confident we will be providing this vital support to the people who benefit from the work of the Trust for many more years to come.”

Bobbie Roberts, chair of trustees at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “November has been a month of celebration here at the Trust and the start of our year of celebrations, which is something that all our children and young people are excited to be part of. It’s been fantastic to see the activities taking place so far and everyone getting involved.

“Doncaster Deaf Trust is an independent non-maintained school, a specialist college and a registered charity, and we receive no funding from local or central government. We could not do everything we want to without the generous support of donors, so I’d like to take this opportunity to also thank them for their support. If anyone would like to find out more about our work or donate to the Trust please get in touch.”