The BBC have reported:
The country’s oldest specialist school for deaf children could close at the end of the year after the trust which runs it went into administration.
More than 100 job losses have already been announced at The Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate, Kent, which was established in 1792.
A further 380 jobs could go if substantial funding cannot be found.
About 110 young people attend the schools operated by the John Townsend Trust, administrators said.
The threat of closure also affects Westgate College which was established in 1978 as the post-16 department of The Royal School.
Following the news of the closure of The Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate, Kent, the British Deaf Association has said:
Dr. Terry Riley, OBE, Chair of the British Deaf Association and ex-governor of the school, said: “The BDA is saddened to hear the news of the closure of The Royal School for Deaf Children, which is the oldest Deaf school in the UK. We are now in contact with the John Townsend Trust, which operates the school, to discuss how we can work together with them to ensure that this vital heritage is not lost forever.”
Read the full article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-35029642
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