students from Fox Hollies School

Seeking Special School Pupils from the Seventies

We need some help, because we are looking to record the stories of people who attended special schools in Birmingham in the 1970s.

As part of our project, we have trained up groups of pupils in four schools to act as Oral Historians. They have already interviewed over 40 people, but we want to find more former pupils who can talk about what it was like to study there over the last fifty years.

Our exciting project is revealing how special education has changed over the past fifty years. Remember, it is only after 1970 that Local Authorities had to give children with Learning Disabilities a place at school legally and stop calling them for “Ineducable”. The stories of the first cohort to study in special schools after the law changed will offer a crucial insight into Learning Disability History.

CASBA’s Heritage Project Coordinator, Joe Peacock, explained: “The stories we have already recorded give some fascinating insights from the staff, parents and pupils into what it’s like at these inspirational schools. The staff and pupils have been fantastic, and they are really keen to speak to more former pupils. We want to ensure that Learning Disability history is recorded by and with people who understand it best.”

CASBA is working with Victoria school in Northfield, Fox Hollies school, which is now located in Moseley, Dame Ellen Pinsent Primary in Billesley and Mayfield school in Lozells. If you or anyone in your family went to these schools and would like to share your story, please contact Joe Peacock or call 0121 4750777.

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