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The Royal Blind School

43 Canaan Lane, Edinburgh, EH10 4SG

0131 446 3120



The Royal Blind School
School type Coeducational, National Grant Aided Special School
Founded 1835
Special Needs AUT, CP, DEL, EPI, MLD, Physlmp, PMLD, SLD, SPLD, SpeechLD, VIS
Head Teacher Elaine Brackenridge
Co-ed Age Range 5-19
Fees Available on request
Average Class Size Max 6
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:6
Associations SCIS, EtCS, MDVI Euronet

The Royal Blind School is run by Scotland's largest vision impairment charity, Royal Blind, and is regulated by Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate. We are a grant-aided special school supported by the Scottish Government. The school, situated in Morningside, Edinburgh, is Scotland's only residential school specialising in the care and education of children and young people with vision impairment, including those with complex needs.

Places are paid for through fees from local authorities or privately. We offer 52-week residential or term-time boarding, as well as nightly and weekly boarding. Our residential houses are fully accessible and designed to be a home from home. We enrol pupils from P1 to S6 and in addition, there is a free pre-school playgroup held on Friday mornings during term-time.

The Royal Blind School has a high ratio of staff to pupils and we offer a full curriculum of subjects. Each child follows an individualised education programme underpinned by the Curriculum for Excellence and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC). We deliver a broad general education and offer qualifications and accreditation by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Junior Awards Scheme Scotland, Personal Achievement Awards and ASDAN in the senior phase.

Our approach is inclusive and pupil-centred, providing many opportunities for experience and achievement. We strive to make learning fun, challenging and self-affirming.

We deliver independent living skills, building self-confidence and self-esteem by providing a greater awareness of the wider environment through mobility and orientation to ensure that all pupils become as independent as possible.

Pupils in fourth, fifth and sixth year have the opportunity to take part in work experience. Some pupils are involved in a Coffee Shop Enterprise Project. This activity gives young people the opportunity to develop a valuable range of life skills such as social interaction, handling money, planning, shopping and baking.

Outreach Support

We also provide an education outreach service offering support, training, resources and advice to staff in mainstream schools who are working with blind and partially sighted pupils through our Learning Hub, www.royalblind.org/learninghub.

For more information please visit our website www.royalblind.org/education or telephone 0131 446 3120, or email office@royalblindschool.org.uk. Scottish Charity No. SC 017167.