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Here's a summary of questions frequently asked by parents, carers, professionals and Local Authority placing partners about admissions, fees, language acquisition and development, and more.

Frequently asked questions

I'd like my child to come to RSD Derby. What do I need to do?

Contact us on 07500 878565 (Voice/Text/BSL- WhatsApp) and we will discuss the process with you.  All children have a minimum one day, usually two day, assessment before a place is considered.  You can also visit us to meet the team in person and have a look around for yourself.

What happens if I don't live in Derby?

You don’t need to live in Derby.  We have children from a nationwide catchment area from over 19 Local Authorities.  If you don’t live in Derby or the surrounding areas we can also offer term time residential places.

Will my child have regular Speech and Language Therapy?

Yes.  We have an in-house team of Speech and Language Therapists.  We also have an on site Audiologist and audiology suite.  Each service goes hand in hand with our vision for all children and young people to be confident users of the English language.

What happens if the Local Authority say no?

We’re on hand to help together with our partners the National Deaf Children’s Society.   We can also provide help with Special Educational Needs tribnnals and arbitration if need be.

My child has a cochlear implant, can they still come to RSD Derby?

Yes.  Children and young people use a range of hearing devices.  Modernising and making the best use of hearing technologies is a key focus of our Audiology department.

What about language development? English or British Sign Language?

Both.  We are a bilingual school and recognise the importance of both languages.  We are a speaking, signing, reading, writing community.  Phonics is embedded into everyday teaching and learning.  We know how important literacy is for deaf children and young people’s life chances and choices.

How much does it cost to place a child at Royal School for the Deaf Derby?

The fee depends upon the needs of individual children following assessment.  Myth: All Special Schools are independent and expensive.  Fact: RSDD has a fair fee structure underpinned by a sound matrix of need.  We receive High Needs Funding directly from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). We take this off the cost of a placement so the Local Authority “top-up” payment is less.

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Royal School for the Deaf Derby,
180 Ashbourne Road,
DE22 3BH

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