Year 9 student Reuben Litherland was a smash hit with viewers when he appeared on The One Show on the BBC.

Thirteen-year-old Reuben Litherland was on the show with mum Jacinta and sister Maisie, 12, who is also a student at Saint Benedict CVA, on Friday.

Reuben has been Deaf since birth and he talked about how he copes with every day life and footage of him filmed throughout the school day was also shown.

After his TV appearance Reuben was trending on Twitter and at one point he was one of the top five stories trending nationally, with his name being mentioned in more than 1,800 tweets.

Many viewers congratulated Reuben for raising awareness and he was described as ‘inspirational’, receiving particular praise for running a British Sign Language class in school for his peers.

The teenager has also been invited to visit Rolls-Royce in Derby after he told presenters Ore Oduba and Alex Jones that working for the company was his ‘perfect dream’.

Reuben said he had been overwhelmed by the response to his TV appearance.

He said: “When I arrived at the BBC I felt very excited and wasn’t nervous at all. It was amazing to meet Alex and Ore and to be sat on the famous sofa. The rehearsal went really well and I liked seeing all the behind the scenes stuff.

“We went back downstairs to the dressing room and the nerves started to kick in as I realised it would be live. The interview started with my mum. I began to relax, knowing I would be able to answer their questions. I was pleased with my responses and answered them with ease. I wasn’t scared. After we’d left the sofa, I couldn’t believe I’d actually been on national TV.

“I felt like a celebrity! On the train home, I watched the show on my phone. People had started to contact me and I heard that I was trending on Twitter. I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked by the comments and remarks left for me and I spent the next half an hour replying to people and thanking them for their best wishes.

“I really need to say a big thankyou to all the people who have helped me, especially everyone at Saint Benedict CVA who supports me.”

Mr Gritton said he was extremely proud of Reuben.

He said: “I know that Reuben is passionate about raising awareness of the issues facing Deaf children and I am delighted that his TV appearance has had such a big impact. He has a fantastic attitude and we are proud to say that he is one of our students.”

As the only profoundly Deaf child at Saint Benedict CVA, Reuben attends all mainstream lessons with his communicator Rebecca Tuckwood.

He was asked to be part of the show after gaining a role on the Youth Deaf Advisory Board for the National Deaf Children’s Society.

He was one of hundreds of young people across the country who applied for the role and is working with 19 other Deaf youngsters from all over the country, attending seminars and residentials in cities across the UK and Ireland.

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