£10m refurb creates a very special school

Elmfield School for Deaf Children celebrated the official opening of its £10m primary premises in Sheridan Road, Horfield.

Among the guests were the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, cabinet councillors Ellie King and Tom Renhard, governors, pupils and families.

The children gave a poetry reading with all performances in both BSL signing and spoken English.

Writing on his blog after the visit, the Mayor said: “Elmfield School for Deaf Children’s primary site is an inspirational learning environment which has a fantastic, bespoke acoustic design and a layout which we know promotes best practice in deaf education. This new school means Elmfield can double its numbers to 48 pupils, and provide a world-class, specialist learning environment. 

“This specially designed school will provide pupils from Bristol, the surrounds – and as far away as Wales, with an inclusive learning environment that meets pupils’ needs. It was a pleasure to tour the school and to see the students clearly already making the most of their wonderful new facilities, after £10 million investment.”

The school now has eight classrooms, sensory rooms, a green screen filming room, an open plan library in the heart of the building, alongside a fabulous life skills and creative arts area.