Christmas events coming up include a whole school trip to Chatsworth House on Tues 18th December. We break up for the holidays on Wed 19th December at 13.00 and return Tues 8th January


RSDD Opening 2018 (NEWS)

RSDD Opening 2018




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The Duke ‘I won’t go on and on as the weather is poor’

The High Sherriff ‘I thought it was inside and am worried about my hat!’

The Duke ‘ It gives me great pleasure to formally open Lydia House after a refurbishment which will allow an extra twelve students to live from January. It will make a big difference to them. It’s wonderful. I was very happy to help and to thank Lynn who volunteered a lot of her time to support too. Now I will cut the ribbon and formally open Lydia House’

Wendy ‘Good morning. Ladies and gentlemen. Children small and big. I have the words in English – Once Upon a Time. Deaf people do this another way. (Wendy demonstrates how to begin a story in BSL) 125 years birthday of the school for the deaf!

‘I will tell you a brief story. Like with Dr Roes book of snapshots.’

‘What is this? ‘ ‘It’s my old school!’

‘Here is the school that was on Ashbourne Road. Why Ashbourne? One is because of Ashbourne and Shrovetide and two because of the railway bridge. Hence the sign for Ashbourne.’

‘The front of the school cost £12,000. Later, there was a flag added. The other buildings were added later.’

‘Queen Victoria visited Derby one year before the school opened. Queen Victoria looked around and sat on that chair. 125 years later, the chair is still in here in the Council House. So I went to look at it. 125 years ago, Dr Roe had the chair in the school entrance and told all the children that Queen Victoria had sat on it. Unfortunately there are no photos of this. Now you can take photos but cannot bring it into school.’

‘Who is this?’ Sarusan joins Wendy on the stage. ‘Lovely clean shoes’

Sarusan ‘Thank you’ ‘It is Dr Roe’ ‘Hello’ My name is Sarusan’

Wendy ‘Thank you. Oh and your signing in the choir was beautiful’

Emma A message from Jerry. ‘Jerry. My father. You know who? Well he FaceTimed me this morning. He was disappointed not to come as he wanted to. He said that it is important that I tell everybody that this school has been going for 125 years and should go on for 125 years more. Have you got that?’

Helen ‘On a birthday, you would have a cake. And today is no different.’

Lauren ‘We want to say thank you to all the ladies who have worked so hard cooking this amazing food. Please say a big thank you.


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Marie Watson Wins Award

Marie Watson, our English Teacher and BSL Lead has won The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education at The Pearson Teaching Awards in London.

As well as being an outstanding teacher, Marie runs an extra-curricular drama club and leads the deaf choir – which she was a member of herself as a child. She also runs literacy workshops for parents, develops methods to encourage reading and leads the filming of a weekly BSL Newsround video, which allows parents and pupils to know what is happening in school and has viewers all over the world.

Marie is an excellent role model to deaf children and an inspiring teacher and person. Her lessons are always positive and there is a buzz of excitement in her classroom. Many teachers manage a disability in their classroom, but at our school, pupils can have two or more additional needs to their deafness. Marie takes each new challenge in a positive and constructive way so that all pupils continue to feel valued and expectations are always high. She allows others to achieve and will give up her time to help them.

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Celebrating 125 years of RSDD

The Duke of Devonshire K.V.C.O., C.B.E., D.L. who is our Patron, celebrated with us.

We had stories about how our school opened 125 years ago from Wendy and a fabulous birthday lunch.

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