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WESC Foundation - The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment

Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 6HA, Devon

01392 454200



WESC Foundation - The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment
School type Non-maintained Special School and College
Founded 1838
Special Needs EPI, Physlmp, PMLD, VIS
Charity Chief Executive Jane Bell
Co-ed Age Range 5-16
Associations NATSPEC

About WESC Foundation

We provide specialist care, support and education for children and young adults with a wide range of vision additional and complex needs, including:

  • Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Severe Learning disabilities (SLD)
  • Moderate Learning needs (MLD)
  • Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Physical Needs
  • Social and emotional needs

What we do


A special school and college for residential and day students up to the age of 25.

WESC Foundation’s school and college sit at the edge of Exeter with equally-easy access to the city centre and Devon countryside. The 14 acre campus has enviable adapted facilities to support vision impairment and other complex needs, including residential accommodation and facilities for developing independent living skills.

Our curriculum inspires, challenges and empowers each student to live their best life

The WESC Foundation curriculum has been specifically designed to support progression for children and young people with a vision impairment and additional needs. It is accessed by students across the school and college, taking into account age and development-related learning, and also each individual’s visual impairment and other needs.

Our curriculum inspires our young people to engage with and enjoy the learning process, embedding learning into their daily lives. It ensures that students engage in a broad range of exciting and creative opportunities, developing their independence and having fun as they learn. Fun and enjoyment are an essential part of the learning journey, seeing motivation as key.

Learning at WESC Foundation happens everywhere and focuses on gaining independence and preparation for adulthood.

Adult residential care in St David’s House

An inspirational care home (rated Outstanding by the CQC) to support young adults who have finished education.

Adult daytime activities and support

An opportunity for adults who have finished education to access support for their vision impairment and other health needs, a choice of stimulating and interesting activities that they choose, and a friendly peer group. Our daytime activities programme is offered in a community setting at the edge of Exeter.

Specialist staff

We have our own team of nurses, teachers, support workers, therapists and staff who specialise in mobility, Braille and access technology.

Our facilities

Swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, 2 Rebound therapy trampolines, radio station, adapted trikes and bicycles, multigym, outdoor gym, 2 separate horticulture sites, sensory gardens, play areas, multi-sport activity court, forest school, eBay and charity shop work experience.