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Welcome to Royal School for the Deaf Derby!

Royal School for the Deaf Derby (RSDD) is a non-maintained residential special school with a nationwide catchment area.  There are approximately 126 children and young people on roll aged between 3 and 19.  All of the pupils have Statements of Special Educational Need or Education and Health Care Plans for hearing impairment. 

RSDD prides itself on being a warm and inclusive environment which provides both day and week-long residential places for deaf children and young people.  Language is developed using the child's preferred method of communication.  Children are listened to, can express their views and are understood.  The broad range of subjects offered is delivered using an individualised approach tailored to the language profiles of each child.  An Audiologist and Speech and Language Therapists who specialise in working with deaf children, provide expert support. The Health Centre provides a comprehensive support service to pupils and a ‘Complex Needs SENCO’ provides additional input where the needs of the child are not straightforward.   

Helen Shepherd



Vision Statement

Our vision for children and young people at Royal School for the Deaf Derby:
  • To have confidence in developing their own deaf identity and their sense of belonging. 
  • To feel safe, happy and cared for in an environment where all children are listened to, can express their views and are understood whatever their preferred communication.
  • To be challenged to achieve their best through excellent teaching, a comprehensive curriculum and a wide variety of experiences from Early Years to 16 Plus.
  • To work in an environment that encourages lifelong learning, and equips our children and young people with the tools and skills to achieve.
  • To be tolerant and inclusive, so all children and young people are able to build effective relationships based on empathy, friendship and respect.
  • To have excellent access to communication support.
We promote the following values for children and young people at Royal School for the Deaf Derby:
  • To have a ‘can do’ attitude to achieve to their potential with positive deaf and hearing role models
  • To understand, respect and promote British Values and culture within the school and wider community.
  • To feel comfortable, safe and happy within both school and residence. 
  • To enjoy and thrive in a school rich in cultures, languages and experiences.  
  • To make sure all children and young people have the opportunity to become responsible adults and leave ready to enjoy the challenges of life beyond school.


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