If your child is affected by hearing or communication difficulties you’ll know how important it is that they receive the right support to enable them to communicate effectively. This support is vital throughout their education.
Donaldson’s School caters for pupils who are deaf or have communication difficulties. Pupils come from all over Scotland and the north of England, who have full or part-time day or residential places funded by their local authority. Donaldson’s has a nursery, primary and secondary school plus Future Focus, a new adult employability provision, and accepts new pupils at any stage.
All pupils are supported by Donaldson’s very specialist staff team which includes Teachers of the Deaf; subject teachers; speech and language therapists; and an occupational therapist, supported by an educational psychologist, educational audiologist and classroom assistants plus a residential care team.
Donaldson's also has a dedicated Deaf Studies department, giving invaluable support to pupils and teaching staff and provides positive role models for deaf pupils. All departments work collaboratively on Donaldson’s unique policy of inclusive communication which utilises a wide range of approaches to communication based on each pupil’s individual needs.
The school can also cater for pupils who have additional behavioural, emotional and/or physical needs. A number of Donaldson’s pupils have a diagnosed syndrome, are on the autistic spectrum or have other difficulties including severe speech and language difficulties or verbal dyspraxia.
With appropriate support and an environment of inclusive communication, Donaldson’s ensures that the curriculum is accessible to all pupils. Each pupil has both an Individual Education Programme and a Communication Profile. This tailored approach allows pupils to follow the National Curriculum and achieve National Qualification (Scotland), as appropriate.
The new Donaldson’s campus opened in Linlithgow in 2008 following the schools relocation from Edinburgh. The whole campus is purpose built to ensure that the acoustics are perfect for children with hearing difficulties. The layout of the school is also designed so that pupils have easy access to shared resource and therapy areas, a seamless environment for minimal disruption to lessons.
Whilst there is little dispute about the high level of education on offer across Scotland and the north of England very few schools can boast such high levels of individual support and modern bespoke facilities. If you’d like to know more about Donaldson’s School visit the school website or attend the next Information Day for Parents and Professionals.