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The Royal School for Deaf Children closed with immediate effect

Monday 14 December
The Royal School for Deaf Children closed with immediate effect

- December 14 at 8:30 AM

The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate has been closed with immediate effect from Friday 12 December.

This, despite the petition to save the school, which was established in 1792, exceeded 13,000 names. More than 100 jobs had already been lost, with a further 240 job losses announced by the administrators.

The remaining 140 staff are being retained to manage the closure of the school. Campaigners have appealed to Kent Council Council to provide funding and support to keep it open.

The petition on Change.org says, ‘Please help put the funding and support in place to keep this wonderful environment open to continue the great work it is doing with the young people to provide them with a better future.’

Brian Gale, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the National Deaf Children’s Society said, “We are bitterly disappointed by the decision to close The Royal School for Deaf Children Margate with immediate effect. The school has proven to be a lifeline for deaf children with additional complex needs and from today some of the most vulnerable children in England will not be getting their basic human right of access to education.

“Deaf children who have previously struggled to get their educational needs met come from all over the country to attend the school and go on to thrive. The sudden closure of the school will be an immense loss to them as well as future generations of deaf children with additional needs who may require the highly specialised education support provided by Margate.

“We are supporting families to write to their MP and working with the MP for Kent, Roger Gale, on this important issue. We are also in dialogue with Kent County Council to find suitable placements for the children in their area and we urge other local authorities to take immediate steps to put interim education provision in place with a view to finding an appropriate school in the very near future.”

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