Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.




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A Vision Friendly School

Gold Award as a Vision Friendly School

Beckfoot Phoenix is proud to have been awarded the Gold Level Award as a Vision Friendly School. 

This means that our school has been recognised for its outstanding work with children with visual impairments (VI).  
This includes:
  • functional vision assessments for children with VI; 
  • vision friendly environments at a whole school level and within classrooms;
  • working closely with the qualified teacher for VI and the qualified habilitation specialist.
For more information about the Vision Friendly Mark or how we can help your child with VI, please contact Sharyn Tronnolone in school. 


Our Vision Friendly School Aims

  • To have a inclusive and multi-sensory curriculum, individual to each child's needs.
  • To make Beckfoot Phoenix Special School's environment more accessible for our vision impaired pupils.


  • Good quality lighting without glare.
  • Lights to be checked regularly and replaced immediately when necessary.


  • Surfaces are painted in matt to avoid glare.
  • Walls are contrasted to floors.
  • Door frames are highlighted in contrasting colours to the walls.
  • Door handles are contrasting to the doors.
  • Floors are plain with a non-glare surface.

Physical Access

  • Hand rails on both sides are colour contrasting to the walls.
  • Furniture has a matt finish and clearly contrasting with its surroundings.
  • Work is displayed on the notice boards at an appropriate height and mounted with with contrasting colours to the wall.
  • Bins and other protruding obstacles are clearly marked or put away to avoid clutter.
  • Clearly defined areas with good contrast.
  • Signage to be visually clear and in braille.

Staff role

  • To share information of the pupil’s targets, learning outcomes, objectives and VI pen portraits, so that the staff are well informed and can work effectively with the pupil.
  • To write observations to record responses to learning and evidence of achievement.
  • To ensure staff have training with a VI specialist.