Find out what we offer academies and how we are working to support their education of children and young people.
Our work with schools and academies
RNIB is well established in the education field, and has been running schools since 1918. In September 2013, we opened our first academy: RNIB Three Spires Academy in Coventry.
RNIB Specialist Learning Trust is the sponsor of Three Spires in line with Department for Education (DfE) requirements. RNIB Specialist Learning Trust is a multi-academy trust and this is enabling us to sponsor more academies, in both mainstream and special settings.
Our aims are to:
- develop a family of academies across the UK which are focussed on providing first-class teaching and learning for their pupils
- support the smooth transition of schools converting to a sponsored academy
- work with academies to build on their existing strengths to improve outcomes for all pupils.
RNIB Specialist Learning Trust - who we are
RNIB's Specialist Learning Trust team includes educationalists with many years of successful special needs and mainstream school management. Our team also comprises colleagues with health, care, business and financial expertise.
We operate from RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning in Coventry. Our specialist centre includes a school ("Outstanding'' Ofsted, 2013) and a children's home (also graded "Outstanding" Ofsted, 2013).
We are particularly interested in sponsoring schools that are:
- currently in special measures, or are at risk of failing
- successful in their own right, but wish to access the benefits of belonging to a "family of schools" that are focussed on providing first-class teaching and learning for their pupils.
What we offer academies
Academies we sponsor have access to the following services:
- Specialist educational expertise.
- Specialist care, healthcare and therapies.
- Marketing support, including branding, website and communications.
- Facilities management support.
- Health and safety management.
- Finance and procurement support.
- Human resources (HR) and payroll services.
- Fundraising support.
- ICT solutions.
Benefits of becoming an RNIB academy
"Becoming an academy sponsored by RNIB Specialist Learning Trust has been a very positive step for Three Spires. We are extremely pleased that the Trust has arranged for Three Spires to remain an important element within the Local Offer to Coventry children. Being part of the Trust is enabling us to build on our established strengths and further develop the quality of service we offer to pupils."
Amanda Clugston, Headteacher, RNIB Three Spires Academy
Benefits for pupils
- Commitment to a first-class education and improved outcomes.
- Access to additional support from care and health specialists, such as therapists and nurses.
Benefits for parents
- The knowledge that your child's school is sponsored and supported by a not-for-profit organisation well established in the education field.
Benefits for staff
- Support to develop and deliver high quality teaching and learning for pupils.
- Continued professional development opportunities (CPD) and a training programme.
Benefits for governors
- Support in shaping strategic decisions for the academy.
Benefits for the community
- A commitment that the academy will still be part of the Local Offer in the area.
- The opportunity to be part of the academy's governing body.
If you are a Headteacher, a Principal, a Governor or a Trustee and wish to discuss the possibility of your school joining RNIB Specialist Learning Trust, please contact:
Andrew Moran, Executive Headteacher
RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning
Telephone 024 7636 9500
RNIB Specialist Learning Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales number 8478985.
RNIB Three Spires Academy
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