Doncaster Deaf Trust started life as a school in 1829 when a number of philanthropists made donations for the founding of a School for the Deaf in Doncaster. It opened with 11 male pupils and one head teacher, the Rev. William Carr Fenton. The school expanded and grew until eventually, the Doncaster Deaf Trust was formed and today the Trust manages a nursery, a school, a college, a residential care home, residential accommodation for 100 students and an employment skills unit, all located on our 24 acre campus on the outskirts of Doncaster. Over the years, our focus has changed slightly too, so that now we serve children and young people with Special Educational needs. This includes children and young people who are deaf/hearing impaired or who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Aspergers.

The nursery, school, college and care home are all wholly owned subsidiaries of the Doncaster Deaf Trust, which was officially recognised by the Charities Commission on August 15th 2001. 

What we do

We deliver the national curriculum plus an extensive and industry recognised Skills for Life programme, British Sign Language and a broad range of vocational training, including: Motor Vehicle Engineering, Catering & Hospitality, Hairdressing & Beauty, Horticulture, Media & Office Technology, Computer Aided Design, Sports Recreation & Leisure Studies, Joinery, Construction and Photography.

We provide a large number of on-site specialist support for our children and young people too, including; speech and language therapy, counselling, rebound therapy, on site nurse and audiologist, emotional and behavioural support and 24/7 highly qualified and experienced care and teaching staff.


The Trusts mission is to empower and support individuals to be resilient, independent and skilled to enable them to achieve their future aspirations and live fulfilling, independent, lives.

Just as the school has grown and developed and become part of the Doncaster Deaf Trust, the types and range of disabilities that we help with have also evolved. Our children and young people all have Special Educational needs.

What we do here isn't just about education. We aim to equip our young people with all of the skills, experience and abilities necessary to live independent lives. 

Our impact on the lives of the young people we care for, on their friends and families and on the communities in which they live is huge, for which we are extremely proud.