Fast forward from 1898

Our story

Royal School for the Deaf Derby was founded by Dr Roe in 1898 and established as a charity by Royal Charter. We remain a not for profit organisation to this day. As a non maintained special school we are free to admit children and young people at any stage in their school life from a nationwide catchment area.

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Rightly proud of our provenance, looking forward to brighter futures

A strong, successful Governing Body are leading us to our aspiration to be the best outstanding provider in deaf education. Our financial health is consistently rated as outstanding, the quality of our education and care provision is rated as good with elements of outstanding.


Our aspiration is to be the best outstanding provider of deaf education.

Like Dr Roe we believe deaf children and young people are as bright and brilliant as their non-deaf peers. We also know that every child has the right to a safe, secure and happy childhood including their life at school. Collaboration, partnership working and research are leading the way.

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With over twelve different occupational groups across the campus we have something for everyone. All staff enjoy a personalised continuing professional development plan and opportunities to gain accreditation in their roles. A real commitment to work life balance and generous terms and conditions make for a confident, qualified and competent staff team driving our successes.

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

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