Learning at RNIB Sunshine House School

Our specialist school educates blind and partially sighted children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities. Chidlren under the age of five can attend our early years class on a full or part-time basis.

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About our pupils

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

  • Significant learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Multi-sensory impairment and deafblindness
  • communication difficulties
  • physical disabilities
  • additional medical and healthcare needs, including long-term ventilation or life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

Our approach to teaching

Each child will be assessed by one of our skilled staff and a programme devised that meets their individual 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.

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 one-to-one.

Our teaching team

Our teaching team is highly skilled and qualified in working with children with vision impairments and a range of learning difficulties and disabilities. We have qualified teachers of the visually impaired (QTVIs), trainee QTVIs and a qualified teacher of children with multi-sensory impairment (QTMSI). We also have teachers with qualifications and extensive experience in teaching children with special educational needs. Teaching staff, therapists and social care professionals all work together so every child’s learning is maximised.

Therapies and health support

Our in-house therapists provide support in the classroom and in dedicated sessions with individuals. These include:

  • speech and language therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapist
  • habilitation specialist (mobility and orientation training)
  • music therapist
  • rebound therapist
  • on-site paediatric community nurse.

Multi-sensory approach

We use a wide range of sensory resources and environments to create a stimulating learning experience for our pupils. These include:

  • Eyegaze technology
  • sensory garden and adapted playground with interactive fountain
  • hydrotherapy pool
  • soft play room
  • sensory theatre
  • library including tactile books
  • indoor and outdoor trampoline
  • dark areas in every classroom for vision stimulation
  • small light rooms in each class.

School Prospectus 

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

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