SchoolDoncaster School for the Deaf - An education that is right for your child. Doncaster School for the Deaf was founded in 1829, and is one of the oldest deaf schools in the UK. 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. 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 school Belief Statement and Background Ofsted Report Admissions Our facilities Residence Safeguarding/ Support and Welfare Contact us Communication Language and Communication Speech and Language Therapy British Sign Language Audiology Curriculum Early Years Foundation Stage Primary Primary Overviews English Numeracy Deaf Studies Computing Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Humanities (History & Geography) Art and Design Design and Technology Music Physical Education and Swimming Science Religious Education Secondary Secondary Overviews English Mathematics Science ICT/Computing PSHCE (Personal Social Healthy Citizenship Education) Religious Education (RE) History Geography Art Design and Technology Sixth form Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) Pupil Premium Sports Premium Useful info Dates for your Diary Professional events Statutory policies and info Work For Us For parents Term Dates and School Day Absences Parent Information Parent View Newsletters archive Uniform Local Offer and EHCPS E-Safety For pupils School Council E-Safety Activities and clubs Sports Competitions E-Learning Moving 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."