Save the Royal School for Deaf Children
In January, kids across the country will be getting ready to go back to school, but hundreds of children and young people that I work with at the Royal School for deaf children in Margate face having nowhere to go next term.
Ours is the only school in the country for deaf children with complex needs. For 220 years this institution has been a lifeline for young people who face difficulties everyday and has enabled them to thrive.
Now the school is being forced to close down because the charitable foundation that funds us is faced with financial and legal difficulties. Hundreds of children and young people have lost their school and I am one of 340 staff members that have just found out we will loose our jobs- just days before christmas.
I have started this petition to ask the Department for Education to intervene and save our school.
I have seen first hand the wonderful work the school is doing with young people to provide them with a better future. Parent’s have moved across the country to bring their children here, and others travel for hours everyday to make sure that their child can go somewhere that understands their needs.
And we aren’t just a school, we are a community. Our lives are being turned upside down and the community we built is being torn apart. We urgently need something to change.
Public pressure has already helped us to get a meeting in Parliament. The government are starting to take notice, if people keep signing, if we keep making noise, we can save our school.
Please sign this petition and ask the Department of Education to ensure funding and support to keep this wonderful environment open to young people.