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  • Royal School for the Deaf Derby
    Ashbourne Road
    DE22 3BH
  • Head: Mrs Helen Shepherd
  • T 01332 362512
  • F 01332 299708
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  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 19. Type of SEN provision: HI - Hearing Impairment.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Derby
  • Pupils: 114
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Early years provision Requires improvement 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Requires improvement 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Requires improvement 1
    • 1 Full inspection 30th September 2016
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Inadequate on 3rd March 2015
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Royal School for the Deaf Derby is a child centred day and residential school which provides deaf children with access to language (English and BSL), literacy, numeracy and all curriculum areas. It promotes a strong sense of identity and through its 24 hour curriculum prepares young people for adult life. There is an evolving BSL curriculum which takes account of CACDP requirements. The school follows the National Curriculum including the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, science and ICT initiatives, SATs, Entry Level, GCSE and a range of other external assessments. The school has a fully developed ICT network, which is used to enhance other curriculum areas. All pupils have their own email address. We have a systematic and comprehensive Deaf Studies curriculum and two speech and language therapists, who are experienced in working with deaf children, have regular sessions with all children. The educational audiologist is based in a purpose built suite and there is full time nurse based in a well equipped Health Centre Pupils are encouraged to maximise their residual hearing through the use of analogue and digital hearing aids and cochlear implants. Well qualified deaf and hearing staff work in all departments. Information is made available for staff and parents in BSL and English. Pupils in residence are encouraged to participate in deaf and hearing community activities. We have very good value added which places us in the top 5 per cent of schools nationally. In 2005 Ofsted commented: 'A very effective school...good value for money...the pupils make very good progress.'

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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