College’s expansion plan

Doncaster College for the Deaf.
Doncaster College for the Deaf.

A LEADING deaf college wants to press ahead with scaled down expansion plans after it was classed as outstanding by inspectors.

Doncaster College for the Deaf had drawn up £17.5 million plans for its Leger Way base, but these have now been reduced because the economic downturn lead to problems in raising the cash.

The new scheme will see a social enterprise centre built which would offer vocational training for students and other disabled youngsters.

Talks are still going on to try to finalise the details.

Alan Robinson, college principal, said: “We have a major project on at the moment and, if all goes well, we are hoping to be able to make an announcement soon.

“It has been scaled back from the original plan and is based around working with employers and having work placements. We are now looking at a £3.2 million scheme.

“It is something that could benefit Doncaster. It will be good for the students and for the people engaged in the training.”

He estimated the scheme would create about 40 office-based jobs in total, for students and people working at the centre.

The announcement comes as the college scored the best possible mark in its latest Ofsted report which highlighted the site’s social care as outstanding and said students were extremely well-supported throughout their studies.

The college which provides education and training to people from the age of 16, was classed as ‘good’ - the second highest mark - in its previous inspection in 2009.

Recommendations in this year’s report included updating its risk assessments and continuing to improve its residential lodges.

Inspector Robert Curr said: “The overall effectiveness of the boarding provision is outstanding. This is underpinned by the excellent care students receive which is delivered in a calm atmosphere by caring staff.”