Ofsted and CQC reports: RNIB Pears Centre

We are delighted that our special school at RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning is graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

Ofsted inspections of our school and children home

Our special school and children’s home are each regulated by Ofsted separately.

School Ofsted reports

Our school was graded “Outstanding” in March 2013. The outstanding rating means that our school “is highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils' needs”. In the report, Ofsted praised the "outstanding impact of the teams that support learning in every class" and added that "relationships with other professionals who support the students and with their parents are exceptional".

Read our latest school report from Ofsted:

Read more about Education at RNIB Pears Centre.

Children’s home Ofsted reports

Our children’s home is inspected by Ofsted every six months. It is currently graded “Requires improvement to be good”.

Ofsted's latest report praised the way that “Staff make sure that young people maintain regular and positive contact with their families. They provide young people with practical and emotional support to further these relationships.”

Read our children's home reports in full on the Ofsted website.

Find out more about Care at RNIB Pears Centre.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports

Our nursing care for children and young people with high medical needs is supported by a 24-hour nursing and social care team. This service is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

From 2014 to 2017 our service sat within a subsidiary of RNIB, named RNIB Charity. RNIB is in the process of restructuring to create a leaner, more efficient governance structure to equip us to deliver excellent services for blind and partially sighted people in years to come. As part of this process we have re-registered activities which are regulated by the CQC from RNIB Charity to RNIB.

In September 2017, we re-registered with CQC. At our previous inspection in December 2016, CQC rated us as Requires Improvement. We were rated Good in the following three areas: effective, caring, responsive.

“The home had a positive culture and staff were supported in their job role to be person centred, inclusive and empowering toward children and young people who lived there.” CQC, December 2016. Read the full report on the CQC website.

We are in the process of re-registering our activities with Ofsted and the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. Once these processes are complete the legal transfer of all people, activities, assets and liabilities from RNIB Charity to RNIB will take place.

Our new profile can be found on the CQC website.

Read more about nursing care at RNIB Pears Centre.

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