A new Executive Principal has been appointed at Doncaster Deaf Trust, a national specialist centre for the education and training of children and young people, who are Deaf, hearing impaired people or have communication and learning difficulties in the UK.
Alexis Johnson has taken up the role of Executive Principal of the Trust which manages Little Learners Day Nursery, Doncaster School for the Deaf, Communication Specialist College Doncaster and Dickson House Children’s Home.
With over 25 years’ experience of working in special education, Alexis joins the Trust as it celebrates its 190th anniversary.
He said: “I am extremely proud to have joined this fantastic organisation. Doncaster Deaf Trust has a reputation nationally for delivering outstanding services to children and young people who need specialist communication support.
“I am looking forward to working with the trustees, governors, staff, children, pupils and students to further build on the solid foundations that have been developed over the last 190 years and ensure that Deaf people and those with communication difficulties, including those with autism get the education and support they deserve.
“The local business community is extremely supportive of the Trust and I am looking forward to meeting partners and key stakeholders in the coming weeks to understand how we can work together in the future.”
Mr Johnson, who is married and has two daughters, has had roles in various provisions including that of Vice Principal in two Specialist Colleges and Head Teacher in an Independent Special School.
Bobbie Roberts, chair of Trustees at Doncaster Deaf Trust said: “We are very pleased to welcome Alexis to the Trust.
“His drive and ambition for the organisation stood out and we are confident that he will continue the outstanding work that our outgoing Executive Principal, Alan Robinson, has delivered in his 27 years at the Trust.
“On behalf of the trustees, governors, staff and everyone involved in the Trust I’d like to thank Alan for his unrelenting passion and dedication to the organisation and we wish him well in his retirement.
“Alexis joins the Trust at a time when we need to fight harder than ever to make sure that those in our society get the specialist services they need. He will work with us to ensure that this group of people have a voice and will continue to work with MPs and government to keep this issue at the forefront of debate.”
For further information please visit www.deaf-trust.co.uk