Victoria School

“Working together for success”

Project run by CASBA

General information


Victoria School is on Bell Hill in Northfield.


Julie Fardell is the Executive Head Teacher.


Number of Pupils and Staff: Victoria has about 200 pupils and over 160 staff.


Many of the children attending the school have medical problems as well as Learning Disabilities


They provide education for 2-year-olds up to 25-year-olds.


Victoria is part of a federation of schools and colleges, sharing a campus with Victoria College and Longwill school for Deaf Children.


It celebrated 100 years from its opening in 2005.

Early days

The school first opened on 1st February 1905 with 24 pupils.
Miss A Quaiffe was the Head Teacher for the first 21 years.
The first four Head Teachers were all women; Miss Quaiffe, Miss Brown, Miss Webb and Miss Clarke.
The Birmingham Crippled Children’s Association helped to set the school up.
It was originally in the centre of Birmingham. It was called the School for Crippled Children Jenkins St.
The school moved to Little Green Lane in 1909.

New equipment

Children came to school in horse-drawn ambulances for the first 20 years.
The first electric lift was installed in 1938.
The school first had hot water in 1939.

Moving to Northfield

The school moved to Bell Hill in 1964.
It was then called The Victoria School for Physically Handicapped Children.

The Victoria
School in 1964

This is a plan of the school buildings when it opened.


Thanks to the Friends of Victoria, the school has raised lots of money for new buildings and facilities.
The Friends of Victoria won an award for Voluntary service and went to a Royal Garden Party to receive it.
They also arrange events for families, as well as fundraising events.


The school’s motto is:

“Working together for success”.

 The logo was designed by the husband of one of the staff.

Victoria’s vision is to:

“Increase every individual pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the world so that their full potential may be achieved.”.

Our stories

The story of the student from the 1960s

Phylis is the only student we have found who studied at Victoria School before it moved to Northfield. She is now in her 60s but she is still friends with one of her former teachers Pat Miles who comes to visit her at Focus day centre in Harborne.

Phylis had some really happy times at Victoria, although she spent most of her time at her home and in hospital due to Hydrocephalus, which is a condition where fluid takes place in the brain. The build-up of pressure that this caused in her brain led to Phylis losing her eyesight in her early 20s. Despite this she is always smiling and enjoys dancing.

At Victoria, Phylis learnt many different things and can still remember some of the things that she learnt with her favourite teacher Pat Miles. She can still count to 3 in French, and remembers playing the piano, recorder, and the organ.
Reflecting on her time at the school, she says her favourite time of the day was break time because they had milk in bottles, which she really enjoyed.

Phylis has always been really caring and helpful, always laughing and smiling and this is shown in her memory of the school trip to Bognor Regis. There she helped the other children by pushing their wheelchairs. They went for about a week and she had a lovely time and enjoys talking about the holiday.

Phylis also talked about the nativity plays and Christmas at Victoria. She thinks that she played an angel, and they made their own Christmas cards and decorations.

It was lovely talking to Phylis about her time at Victoria and all her memories that she had at school. She is an inspiration and is loved very much by lots of different people.

Thank you Phylis for sharing your story.

Reported by Jennifer Brown

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