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Donaldson`s College
West Coates, EH12 5JJ, UK Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 337 9911

Welcome to Donaldson’s, Scotland’s national residential and day school providing education and care for pupils aged 2.5 to 19 years who are deaf* or have severe speech and language difficulties. 

Donaldson’s plays a crucial role with the Deaf Community, both locally and nationally, providing high quality education and a wide range of supporting therapy and care, for pupils who are deaf* or who have communication disorders from all over Scotland, and the North of England.

Janice MacNeill - PrincipalWe believe that every child deserves to learn in an environment which is tailored to their needs and abilities, and equips them to reach their fullest potential.

Please contact us if you would like any more information.

Janice MacNeill

Principal, Donaldson's

* deaf is used to cover Deaf pupils, hard of hearing and deafened


Donaldson’s is Scotland’s national residential and day school providing education and care for pupils aged 2.5 to 19 years who are deaf* or have severe speech and language difficulties. 

Our ethos is to:

  • Provide a happy, friendly, caring environment, where children feel safe, secure and valued
  • Provide our pupils with the best possible access to the whole curriculum
  • Provide an equal opportunity for all
  • Provide an atmosphere that promotes learning and praises achievement, allowing children build up their confidence and self esteem
  • Work for the inclusion of pupils across Scotland and the North of England in all aspects of daily living


Why Choose Donaldson’s?

Giving your child a Donaldson’s education has numerous benefits for both the child and the parents.  Here’s how we differ from mainstream schools:

  • Our college is a bilingual community encouraging the use of British Sign Language (BSL), English and Signed Supported English (SSE) as appropriate
  • We have a range of resources which are used to ensure a very high quality of learning and teaching is delivered to each pupil
  • In addition to our regular teaching staff we employ a number of educational specialists in areas such as audiology, speech and language, physiotherapy and educational psychology (see School Life for further information)
  • Our school also provides both a nursery and a toddlers’ playgroup. This offers your child the very best start in education
  • We provide a signing peer group for the children and young people to help them develop their social skills
  • We recognise the importance of working in partnership with parents
  • We are currently situated in Edinburgh City Centre but will soon be moving to a brand new purpose-built college in Linlithgow in Autumn 2007 (see Our New School section).


Parents’ comments 

  • “He has enjoyed the range of activities and is always eager to tell us about his day.”
  • “We see such a difference in her communication skills.”
  • “Staff are very friendly and approachable, keeping us informed through daily diaries and newsletters.”

* deaf us used to cover Deaf pupils, hard of hearing and deafened




Pupils playing outside school

At Donaldson’s we can provide specialist education from toddlers to teens. Visit the sections below for more detailed information.



In this section we aim to provide parents with easy access to essential information about the day-to-day running of Donaldson's.

If you feel there is any further information you would like to see included here then please feel free to contact us.

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