Schools and colleges with facilities for children with vision impairment

This section lists schools which cater for children with vision impairments, and also cater for children with additional needs such as hearing and visual impairment, physical disabilities, autism and communication difficulties.

London and South East

Royal School for Deaf Children
Victoria Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 1NB
Telephone: 01843 227561
Fax: 01843 227637

Residential or day, children with severe or profound hearing loss and additional needs, 4–16 years with provision for older pupils at Westgate College.

Whitefield Schools and Centre
MacDonald Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4AZ
Telephone: 020 8531 3426
Fax: 020 8527 3613

Foundation special school, day, pupils with autism, speech and language difficulties, learning difficulties, multisensory impairment and PMLD, 3–19 years.

South East

West Berkshire Sensory Resource, Brookfields School
Sage Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 6SW
Telephone: 01189 41 08 13 (resource base)
01189 42 13 82 (school office)

The West Berkshire Sensory Resource was established in 2002 in partnership with RNIB. It is based at Brookfields special school, which caters for pupils aged two and a half years to nineteen years, who have complex needs. The Sensory Resource currently takes 20 pupils. The criteria for placement in the Sensory Resource is that pupils must have severe, profound or degenerative visual/ hearing loss (or deaf/blind) in conjunction with significant additional needs. All pupils are class-based. They are supported individually both in the Resource base and within class.

South West

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education
50 Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4NF
Telephone: 01392 27 26 92
Fax: 01392 43 11 46

Day or weekly boarding, deaf-blind pupils and some with additional learning difficulties, 5 to 16 years and over.

The Knowle-dge
Leinster Avenue, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1NN
Telephone: 0117 353 2011

Day, some pupils with physical difficulties and complex needs, moderate learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties, 10 to 18 years.

Emersons Green Primary School
Guest Avenue, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7GA
Telephone: 01454 867474 Answerphone: 01454 867475

Day, the school is equipped with a 14 place Resource Base for physically disabled and/or visually impaired children, 4 to 11 years.

Broadlands Academy
St Francis Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2DY
Telephone Number: 0117 9864791
Fax Number: 0117 9161102
Email Address:

Day, the VI Resource Base provides additional specialist support to blind or visually impaired students, who attend Broadlands from their residency, mainly in the local authorities of Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire, 11 to 16 years.


Exhall Grange Specialist School and Science College
Easter Way, Coventry, CV7 9HP

Telephone: 024 7636 4200
Fax: 024 7664 5055

Warwickshire LEA, day, some pupils with physical difficulties, 2 to 19 years.

North East

Northern Counties School Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond, NE2 3BB
Telephone: 0191 281 5821
Fax: 0191 281 5060

Day/ boarding; children with complex needs, hearing and visual impairment, physical disabilities, autism and communication difficulties. 6 to 19 years.

North West

The Seas Shell Trust
Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 6RQ
Telephone: 0161 610 0100
Fax: 0161 610 0101

Day/ boarding, deaf-blind unit, all pupils have additional severe and complex learning difficulties, 5 to 21 years.


Hazelwood School
50 Dumbreck Court, Glasgow, G41 5DG

Telephone: 0141 427 9334
Fax: 0141 427 2859

Hazelwood School opened in August 2007. It replaces both Kelvin and Carnbooth schools. Hazelwood caters for pupils with severe learning difficulties who may have both hearing and visual loss as well as physical, communication, and medical difficulties. The pupils are aged from 2–18 years.


Heronsbridge School
Ewenny Road, Bridgend, South Wales, CF31 3HT

Telephone: 01656 65 39 74
Fax: 01656 76 62 70

Bridgend County LEA, day and residential school for pupils with learning difficulties, some autistic pupils, 3–19 years.

Further / Higher Education

For further information and guidance on Further and Higher Education, please visit the Natspec website.

Natspec is a membership association for independent specialist colleges that provide further education or training for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

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