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  • David Buxton visit

    Published 08/12/22

    A group of pupils met with David Buxton, CEO of Action on Disability and former councillor, and they learnt about politics and voting. They worked in groups to create their own law linked to deaf education and presented their work to an audience who had to vote for the best group! 

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  • Children in Need

    Published 21/11/22

    Last week our school council organised a fun-packed afternoon to raise money for Children in Need. They planned a host of team games where tutor groups battled for house points.  There was also face painting, a cake stall, bingo and a fantastic chocolate tombola made possible by kind donations from learners, staff and parents. A fantastic afternoon!! The grand total raised was £186!! 

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  • BrigHouse Residential Trip

    Published 18/11/22


    On November 16th - 18th, some KS3 learners visited BrigHouse Residential Centre (a fully equipped, purpose built residential building) in Atherstone for a two night residential trip. Everyone had a fantastic time. All the pupils behaved brilliantly and developed and deepened friendships. Thank you to the amazing staff who gave up their free time to allow this trip to happen. 

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  • Managing Money with H.S.B.C.

    Published 14/10/22

    Managing Money with H.S.B.C.

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  • HS2 Premiere

    Published 30/09/22

    Braidwood Learners help shape the design of HS2’s stations and trains of the future.

    HS2 and Braidwood Trust School for the Deaf hosted a red carpet premiere today (30 September) for a short film they have worked together to create. ‘HS2: Building a railway for everyone’ highlights the power of hearing in a station environment and shows how the school’s pupils are working with HS2 to ensure Britain’s new railway is inclusive and accessible for all.

    It is estimated that there are approximately 11 million people in the UK with a hearing loss, which makes it the second most common disability, but the lack of visible signs that a person might need additional support when at a station or onboard a train can add to the challenges the Deaf community face.

    When HS2 enters service at the end of the decade it will welcome millions of passengers with multiple and diverse needs. The innovative partnership with Braidwood School is just one of the ways that HS2 is listening and learning from disabled people to drive positive change.

    Howard Mitchell, Head of Innovation at HS2 said:

    “HS2 will serve Britain for at least 120 years, so it’s vital that we understand and act upon the day-to-day barriers the Deaf community face when using public transport.

    “We’ve been inspired by the passion and enthusiasm the pupils have shown. They are incredible role models acting on behalf of the wider Deaf and hearing impaired community to drive positive change and really make a difference to the future of train travel in our country.”

    Through a shared learning partnership established in 2020, HS2 hosted lessons and field trips for the pupils in partnership with Network Rail and Avanti West Coast. The students travelled on trains and visited stations, allowing them to demonstrate the multiple challenges and barriers they face. From audio announcements confirming platform changes, to the lack of visible information in toilets, Braidwood’s learners captured the many improvements they’d like to see.

    Their findings were shared through a series of workshops led by HS2’s education team, which saw the pupils create models and pitch their ideas for change to HS2’s innovation team.

    Train travel is a daunting prospect for many of Braidwood’s 70 pupils and the learning and research project with HS2 was the first time that some of its pupils had ever boarded a train.

    Phil Bailey, Deputy Head at Braidwood Trust School for the Deaf said:

    “Deafness is a hidden disability, but today our pupils have shown they have powerful voices and how important it is that we all listen.

    “It’s easy to take for granted the power of hearing in a busy station and crowded train environment, and that’s what we’ve aimed to highlight in the film. Our children need to be part of the world, whether it’s a hearing world or a deaf world, and this opportunity to influence change is really important.”

    Ahead of the film’s premiere in morning assembly, Hodge Hill MP, Liam Byrne, spoke of his pride that pupils from his constituency are helping to influence the design of HS2’s new stations and British-built bullet-style trains.

    Liam Byrne MP said:

    “Braidwood School is a jewel at the heart of my constituency in Hodge Hill. Listening to the pupils this morning demonstrated just how important it is for major infrastructure projects, like HS2, to not just build projects fit for the future but to build projects that are inclusive of all needs.

    “Braidwood’s pupils will benefit from the jobs HS2 will provide as well as using the railway itself. They are an inspiration to us all and it is great that HS2 has built such a strong relationship with them.”

    Through its education and volunteer programmes, HS2 continues to work closely with Braidwood Trust School. It supports and inspires pupils to develop the key skills that will help them to build a career and hopefully play their part in the construction of Britain’s new railway.

    Photo credit: HS2 Ltd

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  • Another fantastic day at HS2

    Published 14/07/22

    Mock Job Interview day with HS2

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  • B.I.D KS4/5 transition event.

    Published 13/07/22

     The Deaf Cultural centre hosted an event for Year 9 upwards focused on self-advocacy and independence.

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  • Coffin Works visit.

    Published 12/07/22

    A group of Year 7, 8 and 12 learners went to the Coffin works to take part in creating a film for the Neighbourhood Festival as part of the Commonwealth Games.


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  • HS2 visit

    Published 08/07/22

    We have just finished a superb week-long work experience with HS2 that included experiencing rail travel (some learners for the very first time) a tour of New Street Station, a visit to HS2 offices, and finding out about the huge range of jobs available.

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  • Deaf Explorer Dancers.

    Published 01/07/22

    On Friday 1st July we welcomed the Deaf Explorer dancers to our school. The group led a variety of sessions that culminated in a showcase for learners and staff.

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  • Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

    Published 15/06/22

    Congratulations to those learners who successfully completed their Bronze qualifying expedition on Cannock Chase. All participants showed fantastic teamwork and resilience as they navigated their way over Cannock chase for two days, camping overnight.

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  • British Deaf Association

    Published 10/06/22

    Recently some of our pupils were able to interview David Buxton, the Chair of the BDA, via zoom.

    The children asked interesting questions and Mr Buxton was impressed with their views.

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