Learning at RNIB Sunshine House School

Our specialist school educates blind and partially sighted children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities.

About our pupils

Many of the children at RNIB Sunshine House School have other needs as well as a visual impairment, including:

  • communication difficulties
  • hearing problems
  • physical disabilities
  • healthcare needs, such as epilepsy or diabetes.

Our approach to teaching

Each child will be assessed by one of our skilled staff and a programme devised that meets their needs, interests and abilities.

We know it’s important that a child's development continues outside of the school day, so we work closely with families. For example we:

  • share a child’s achievements through their home school diary
  • welcome parents into the school at all times
  • hold meetings during term to discuss a child’s progress.

RNIB Sunshine House School curriculum

Children under five follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, and attend school on a full or part-time basis. Those over five years follow a full-time curriculum supporting their special education needs.

Most children are working between P levels 1 and 8. But every child has an individual education plan so their learning and development is at the right level and pace for them. Daily activities are varied, inspiring and educational, and lessons can involve whole groups, small groups or be one-to-one.

Our teaching team

Our teaching team is highly skilled and qualified in working with children with visual impairments and a range of learning difficulties and disabilities. We have trainee visually impaired teachers and trainee multi-sensory impaired teachers. Teaching staff, therapists and social care professionals all work together so every child’s learning is maximised.

Therapeutic approach

Our therapists provide support in the classroom and in dedicated sessions with individuals. Therapies and specialist facilities include:

  • speech and language therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • mobility and orientation training
  • music and creative therapy
  • sensory garden and adapted playground with interactive fountain
  • hydrotherapy pool
  • soft play room
  • state of the art sensory theatre
  • library
  • dark areas in every classroom for visual light training
  • small light rooms in each class.

We have a paediatric community nurse who visits daily, working with staff to ensure that all medical needs are met, including enteral feeding and epilepsy management.

School Prospectus 

For more information about our specialist school’s education and curriculum download our prospectus. 

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