Braidwood Trust School for the Deaf
Special needs catered for
Our goal is to develop language in whatever way is most effective.
We use a Total Communication approach; that means we fit our methods of communication to the needs of each learner. We can use formal British Sign Language, speech, listening, lip-reading natural gestures, fingerspelling, body language, etc. Our learners use their hearing aids or cochlear implants to make the best use of any residual hearing they have and we have the very latest digital radio aid technology to support communication both in and out of the classroom.
We offer support for learners who are deaf with additional special needs.
Support services provided
We provide speech and language therapy.
Home school links
We believe in preparing our learners for the future and engage in visits to local colleges, training providers and careers fairs, as well as an extensive range of local and national businesses as part of our Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme. Braidwood also employs an Independent Careers Advisor who meets all learners and parents to inform and guide their choices.
Braidwood is a modern purpose build school designed to enable Deaf learners to fully access our rich curriculum and to be an environment that meets all needs. Our high quality curriculum is imaginative, active and inclusive, making inspirational use of technologies such as iPads for every learner, which enhance and transform learning.
Our teaching group sizes are kept low to enable our teachers and highly trained support staff to deliver personalized curriculums designed to meet the specific needs of our learners. Our classrooms are organized to maximize peer interaction and include state of the art technologies to enhance learning. The school is a partner in an outdoor education residential centre here in the Midlands that provides fabulous opportunities to extend learning and independence skills. Braidwood also benefits from an outdoor classroom and gardens to facilitate the teaching of an extended curriculum whatever possible.
Aims and philosophy
At Braidwood, we understand that to realise the potential contained within each individual is the work of a lifetime. Every individual, and every situation has 'potential' and a myriad of outcomes are possible, but what do we mean by 'success'?
Carol S Dwek says "Becoming is better than being," and this growth mindset is one that we share.
Our vision, for everyone in our school, is one of on-going development: individually, socially, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
We work together to develop and build character, citizenship and a love of learning. We work together to build a passion for stretching ourselves and to keep going when things are tough, because this is a mindset that will sustain us through the most challenging times of our lives.
For us, 'success' is the knowledge that we are on a journey of learning and discovery about the world and about ourselves and an appreciation and joy for that journey of a lifetime.
At Braidwood we have high expectations of everyone. Our values are based upon three behaviours that we believe provide the foundation for a successful individual.
'Honesty' is not just about telling the truth. 'Honesty' is also about being willing to receive the truth, being worthy of trust, loyal, fair and sincere. Listening to your conscience even when no-one is looking.
Put simply, ''respect' is thinking and acting in a positive and kind way. Thinking and behaving with 'respect' demonstrates that you care about yourself and that you care about others, their feelings and their well-being.
Novelist Laurence Sterne observed, "Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners."
The talent and abilities we are born with are just different starting points for individuals. It is the daily 'effort' we make to build on what we have, to form new connections in our brains and truly orient ourselves towards learning, that build character and success.
At Braidwood we believe that the key to success is effort.