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 Safeguarding/Support & Welfare We believe that all members of the School and wider community are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity at all times. It is important that every child feels cared for and they know whom they can turn to if they have a problem. Safeguarding Children The School is inclusive and committed to the care and well-being of its pupils so that they may grow and learn in a safe, secure environment. Our safeguarding policy guides our staff, pupils, parents and professionals who work together, taking positive action to safeguard children and promote their welfare. Our School closely follows best practice with regard to the safer recruitment of staff. School Code of Conduct The School is firmly committed to providing the highest quality of teaching and education in a safe, relaxed and pleasant environment free from distraction and disruption, in which pupils can be safe, happy and secure as they develop into mature, independent adults. Pupils are rewarded for good behaviour, work and effort. The Secondary School uses a merit system. Certificates of achievement are awarded during assemblies and merit records are kept. We actively encourage our pupils to have consideration, concern and respect for others, to have high standards of personal behaviour and self-discipline, and to accept responsibility for their own actions both within the School and local community. There is an active school council where pupils can make recommendations to staff and school governors. Parents can also make a positive contribution by taking an active interest in the work of the School, entering into regular dialogue with staff, supporting the personal and social education programmes, and reinforcing the advice and support given to their children by teachers, support staff and care staff. Our annual Prize Day recognises the efforts of all pupils. Health, Safety and Security The School has a rigorous Health and Safety Policy which reflects current legislation and seeks to ensure safety for all. External CCTV, digital security access and security staff are measures taken to ensure a secure and safe environment for everyone on site. E-Safety E-safety is becoming a core area of our safety focus. Parents are invited to e-safety events. E-safety knowledge is embedded through the curriculum and individual advice can be given.