Donaldson's is Scotland's national school for pupils who are deaf or have communication difficulties.
Donaldson's School offers day and residential places to deaf pupils and pupils with severe communication difficulties, who benefit from being educated in an environment of inclusive communication. Many of our pupils also have Additional Support Needs (such as Autism; Learning Difficulties; Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties), and require a differentiated curriculum and more intensive pupil support to facilitate their learning.
Additionally, we will offer places to hearing pupils with severe low-incidence speech and language disorders, who benefit from visual systems of education, including TEACCH, BSL, and Sign Supported English (SSE) and intensive speech & language therapy support. All offers of placement are made following individual assessment visits, in line with the Donaldson's Admissions Policy. All admissions are subject to approval for funding by local authorities.The school aims to ensure the development of full communication potential, through our inclusive communication policy, which offers a range of communication methods such as British Sign Language (BSL), Sign Supported English (SSE), alternative and augmentative systems of communication and use of strategies such as lip reading. Once assessed, a Communication, Learning and Care Profile is developed for each pupil which highlights appropriate individual communication learning and care strategies.