MORPETH’S high school has been recognised as an official sign language testing centre, with increasing numbers of pupils learning the skill.
Former student Braden Davy offered free classes during the British Deaf Association’s Learn to Sign Week in 2009.
Pupils from a mix of age groups decided to have regular weekly sessions, including the use of puppets to help the learning process.
The Happy Hands group has been working to achieve the Introduction to British Sign Language qualification and students took the exam at King Edward VI School after it received approval.
Scott Weddell (Year 12), Joseph Thompson (Year 11), Tristan Selden (Year 11), Honoria Brown (Year 10) and Tilly Gormely (Year 10) were successful, along with Eleanor Rowbottom and Ellen Tait who have completed their studies at KEVI.
They received guidance from teacher Will Benson, who has a deaf son.