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Our vision statement for all deaf children and young people and our values - the stepping stones to realising our vision

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Our vision

Our vision is for all deaf children and young people to

Be confident in developing their own identity and sense of belonging.

Feel safe, happy and cared for in an environment where all children are listened to, can express their views and be understood.

Achieve their best through excellent teaching, a comprehensive curriculum and a wide variety of experiences at every key stage of school life.


Our vision for all deaf children and young people is to

Work in an environment where opportunities to continuously learn are cherished and never lost.

Be tolerant and inclusive, so all children and young people are able to build effective relationships based on empathy, friendship and respect.

Enjoy excellent access to an in-house team of highly specialist experts in deaf education.

Our values are our stepping stones to our vision for all deaf children and young people.

A positive can-do attitude

We know deaf children and young people are just as bright and brilliant as their non-deaf peers. Promoting a positive sense of self, emotional resilience, independence and confidence is at the heart of our everyday practice.


Know what? Know-how!

Ensuring all children and young people leave with both the know-what and the know- how to take their next steps into further education, employment or training. We deliver a wide range of curricula including driving theory, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and hands-on experiences in natural settings. Exploration and supported risk taking inspired by the Forest School’s approach play a important part in teaching and learning.



We are a speaking and signing community with a rich mix of cultures, languages and practice. Spoken and written English and British Sign Language are key to ensuring all children and young people are confident, skilled users of both languages.



We work in collaboration with parents and carers, Local Authority placing partners, off campus providers, local and national business networks, universities and charities and to exploit opportunities to for deaf children and young people to thrive.



Deaf children and young people have the right to the very best education. We strive to deliver a broad and balanced national curriculum capable of giving children and young people the best life choices. Reflecting on how we teach as well as what we teach helps us realise a consistently good quality of education with elements of outstanding practice.


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

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