The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate

The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate

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The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate

The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate (RSDCM) was founded in 1792 and was the first public institution in the UK to provide education for deaf pupils and is the oldest deaf school in the English-speaking world. Westgate College, the Further Education Department of the school was established in the 1980s. The school and college offer non-maintained residential centres that cater for pupils and students who are profoundly deaf with additional needs which include multi-sensory impairment and emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties. Many of our learners are on the autistic spectrum.

In the two hundred years since its foundation, the school has had continually to adapt and develop in order to reflect the increasingly complex range of disabilities affecting our children and young people. Many deaf children who would formerly have been referred to us are now included in mainstream education and at the same time developments in technology mean that increasing numbers of children with complex disabilities will now survive into adulthood. For our children, mainstream education is simply not an option.