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 Language and Communication Pupils with a range of communication needs attend the school. We aim to teach the curriculum through the pupil's preferred language, aiming not only to achieve high standards of education, but also to develop a positive self-image, self-esteem and self-respect among pupils. In order to work towards our goal as a fully inclusive environment, we recognise the need, as a school community, to implement all parts of this policy in a consistent way. This means we prioritise the building of strong working partnerships between deaf and hearing people throughout the school. We firmly believe effective communication across the school is vital to ensure a harmonious and inclusive society to the benefit of all. The Deafness, Cognition and Language research centre (DCAL ) at UCL has researched around acquiring language, learning sign language, lipreading and reading. Further information about this can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal. Two of the messages from the research are: "Acquisition of a first language within the normal time frame is crucial; delay has long-term serious consequences for both language and cognition." and "When signing BSL, English mouthings are produced. Our research shows that BSL manual signs and English mouthings are treated independently despite being produced simultaneously. This suggests that learning BSL in childhood does not interfere with learning English."