Closure of The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate

NDCS’ response to letter received today by parents from the administrators on the closure of The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate.

Brian Gale, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the National Deaf Children’s Society said: 

“We’re extremely disappointed that parents have today received confirmation that the The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate will remain closed. 

“The sudden closure of the school on 11 December came as devastating news for families. Margate was a highly specialised school, where deaf children with complex needs flourished and could reach their full potential. There are no schools in the area which can fill its place. 

“The National Deaf Children’s Society is now contacting the Government to ask if it has rejected calls from parents to save the school. 

“We will continue to support families to find suitable alternative schooling and invite parents to a meeting at our offices on Monday 4th January 2016 at 1.30pm. 

"The NDCS Helpline will be closed from 12pm on Thursday 24 December until 4 January but affected families can contact us through the Helpline email: helpline@ndcs.org.uk and enquiries will be answered between 28 – 31 December."

ENDS

 

For further information, please contact:

Priya Manek 

Head of Media and PR

020 7014 1146

Priya.manek@ndcs.org.uk 

Notes to Editors

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families. 

There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. The National Deaf Children’s Society helps deaf children and young people thrive by providing impartial, practical and emotional support to them and their families, and by challenging governments and society to meet their needs.

The National Deaf Children’s Society believes that every deaf child should be valued and included by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.