Schools and colleges specifically for children with vision impairment

Here you will find the contact details of schools and colleges specifically for children with vision impairment, including schools providing specialist education, residential care, therapies and health support for children with additional and complex needs.

London and South East

Joseph Clarke School

Vincent Road, Highams Park, Chingford, E4 9PP

Telephone: 020 8523 4833
Fax: 020 8523 5003

Waltham Forest LA; day; some pupils with additional learning difficulties; plus visiting teacher service; 2 to 19 years.

Linden Lodge School

61 Princes Way, Wimbledon Park, London SW19 6JB 

Telephone: 020 8788 0107
Fax: 020 8780 2712

Wandsworth LEA; residential / day; some pupils with additional learning difficulties including profound and multiple learning difficulties. 3-19 years.

RNIB Sunshine House School and Residence website.

33 Dene Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2DD

Telephone: 01923 82 25 38
Fax: 01923 82 62 27

RNIB school - day placements and up to weekly, weekday, term-time boarding one, two, three or four nights per week; pupils aged two to 11 years with multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI). Family Services available for families of children aged 0-11 years with a vision impairment who do not attend the school.

South East

Royal London Society for Blind People

Dorton House, Wildernesse Avenue, Seal, Nr. Sevenoaks
Kent, TN15 0EB

Tel: 01732 592500
Fax: 01732 592506

The Brian Johnstone nursery provides for blind and partially sighted children aged 2-5 years, some of whom may have additional difficulties. The centre also provides drop in days for parents of blind and partially sighted children during term time on Tuesdays 10 am - 2 pm. The school/student campus have boarding/day, some pupils and students with additional learning difficulties; 5 - 16 years.

South West

West of England School and College for Children with Little or No Sight

Countess Wear, Exeter, Devon , EX2 6HA

Telephone: 01392 45 42 00
Fax: 01392 42 80 48

Independent, non-maintained Charitable Trust; day/weekly/termly boarding; some pupils with additional learning difficulties; school 3 to 19 years and over.


New College Worcester

Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX

Telephone: 01905 76 39 33
Fax: 01905 76 32 77

Non maintained day/residential; national school and college for students following the national curriculum, GCSE's, BTEC's, A2/A-Levels and vocational courses; aged 11-19.  

Priestley Smith Specialist School

Perry Beeches Campus, Beeches Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, B42 2PY

Telephone: 0121 325 3900
Fax: 0121 325 3902

City of Birmingham LA; day; some pupils with additional learning difficulties; two to 19 years.

RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning (Formerly RNIB Rushton School and Children's Home).

Wheelwright Lane, Ash Green, Coventry, CV7 9RA

Telephone: 024 7636 9500
Fax: 024 7636 9501

RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning offers individually-tailored education, care, healthcare and therapies to children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs who are blind or partially sighted, from pre-school up to the age of 19.
RNIB; day/boarding; children with a vision impairment and additional difficulties; 2 to 19 years; 52-week care and assessment service is also available; Link with Exhall Grange School for some lessons and activities.

North West

St Vincent's School

A Specialist School for Sensory Impairment and Other Needs
Yew Tree Lane, West Derby, Liverpool L12 9HN

Telephone: 0151 228 9968
Fax: 0151 230 5070

Non Maintained school; day / weekly residential; some pupils with additional learning difficulties; 4 - 19 years.

Royal School for the Blind

Church Road North, Wavertree, Liverpool, L15 6TQ

Telephone: 0151 733 1012
Fax: 0151 733 1703

Non-maintained; day/weekly boarding; deaf-blind unit; blind and partially sighted pupils with additional learning difficulties, including multi-sensory impairment; two to 19 years.


The Royal Blind School

Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh, EH16 5NA

Telephone: 0131 667 1100
Fax: 0131 662 9700
The Royal Blind School provides specialist education, residential care, therapies and health support for young people aged up to 18 years. Based in Edinburgh, the school is a National Centre of Excellence in the education and care of young people who are blind or visually impaired (VI), including those who have complex, multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI). The school offers both day placement and residential services and currently there is availability for pupil placements

Canaan Lane Campus
43-45 Canaan Lane, Edinburgh, EH10 4SG

Telephone: 0131 446 3120
Fax: 0131 447 9266

The Canaan Lane Campus of the Royal Blind School is a purpose built educational and residential facility for children and young people with Multiple Disabilities in addition to their Visual Impairments - MDVI.

Craigmillar Park Campus
2b Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh, EH16 5NA

Tel:  0131 667 1100
Fax: 0131 662 9700

At Craigmillar Park Campus we provide primary and secondary education including residential accommodation for students with a visual impairment.

Camphill (Rudolf Steiner) School

Murtle Estate, Bieldside, Aberdeen AB15 9EP

Telephone: 01224 867935
Fax: 01224 868 420

Independent voluntary school; mainly residential, some day /weekly boarders; some pupils with additional learning difficulties; 3 - 19 years.

Northern Ireland

Jordanstown Schools

85 Jordanstown Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, BT37 OQE

Telephone: 028 9086 3541
Fax: 028 9086 4356

Voluntary maintained; boarding/day; also caters for pupils with hearing impairment; 3 to 19+ years.

Further/Higher Education

Condover College Ltd

Longbow House
Harlefcott lane
Shropshire, SY1 3GZ

Telephone: 01743 872250

Condover College provides education, support and residential care for individuals who are visually impaired with profound and additional complex needs. Education is provided for learners between the ages of 18 and 25 years. Specialist residential accommodation with a strong leisure opportunities programme can be provided post-education for individuals up to the age of 65 years.

Dorton College of Further Education / Royal London Society for the Blind

Dorton house, Wildernesse Avenue, Seal, Nr. Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0EB

Telephone: 01732 59 26 00
Fax: 01732 59 25 06

Royal London Society for the Blind; boarding/day; some students with additional learning difficulties; 16+ years. Vocational, academic, basic skills and communication courses available. Links with three mainstream colleges so wide range of courses available. A/AS-level, GNVQ, NVQs and entry-level courses. Distance learning available.

Henshaws College

Bogs Lane, Starbeck, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4ED

Telephone: 01423 88 64 51
Fax: 01423 88 50 95

Non-maintained; day/residential; all students have additional needs such as physical disability, learning difficulties, hearing impairment, medical conditions (e.g. epilepsy, cerebral palsy). Courses geared to adult living/independence, pre-vocational and vocational (Art and craft, retail and admin, horticulture, media, and hospitality), skills for life (i.e. literacy, numeracy, communication, ICT). Full range of therapies available on site. All courses carry external accreditation. Other courses available in conjunction with local FE colleges. 16 to 25 years.

Queen Alexandra College

49 Court Oak Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9TG

Telephone: 0121 428 5050
Fax: 0121 428 5048

Day/residential; some students with additional learning difficulties, hearing impairment, physical disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders; courses include skills for life, BTEC qualifications in a variety of subjects including Hospitality, Health and Social Care, IT and more. Learners at QAC are people aged 16 Plus with disabilities.

Royal National College for the Blind

College Road, Hereford HR1 1EB 

Telephone: 01432 376 621
Fax: 01432 376628

Residential college of further education for people who are blind or partially sighted, 16 years plus. RNCB provides a full range of academic and vocational qualifications combined with specialist training designed to prepare people for progression to Further Education, Higher Education and employment.

RNIB College Loughborough

Radmoor Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3BS

Telephone: 01509 61 10 77
Fax: 01509 23 20 13

RNIB College Loughborough supports people with disabilities aged 16 plus on a day or residential basis to learn the skills to access education, work and housing. They share a campus with the mainstream Loughborough College which means the range of courses they can offer goes from Foundation Learning to A-Levels or equivalent.

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