RNIB Sunshine House School

Special needs catered for

Our school at RNIB Sunshine House provides a safe and supportive environment for blind and partially sighted children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities. Our highly-qualified team of teachers, therapists and specialists will work with you and your child to ensure that they meet their full potential.

We’re part of a family of five local special schools with The Eden Academy, working together to offer your child access to an enhanced range of expertise, activities and resources. You can get to know other parents and children and have fun through our thriving family services. Activities include after-school and holiday clubs, family events, sibling support groups, networking and advice for parents.

Needs we support include: Vision impairment; Multi-sensory impairment and deaf blindness; Significant learning difficulties and disabilities; Physical disabilities; Communication difficulties; Autism; Additional medical and health needs, including long-term ventilation or life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

Specialist facilities

With a range of specialist indoor and outdoor facilities at RNIB Sunshine House, we offer a fun and inspiring place to learn.

Our facilities include: a multi-sensory environment; sensory garden; 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.

Support services provided

Our in-house team of therapists are on hand to support your child both within the classroom and in dedicated sessions. We also have an on-site paediatric community nurse who ensures that all medical needs are met and supports families with any health issues.

These include: Physiotherapy; occupational therapy; mobility and orientation training; music and creative therapy; speech and language therapy.

Home school links

Our family services give parents, carers, sibling and other family members the chance to get together, support each other and have fun. These include: activity days; stay and splash family swim sessions; stay and play activity sessions; parent and carer workshops and counselling; sibling support groups; Holiday Play Schemes.

Families are welcome to pop in or phone at any time.

General environment

Teachers, therapists and other key professionals work together to ensure that all learning experiences are inspiring, motivating and support every child’s personal development. In sharing a thorough knowledge of each child, learning opportunities are found throughout the day and explored to their fullest.

Each class has no more than eight children with a minimum support ratio of two adults for every three children.

Aims and philosophy

We celebrate diversity with regular opportunities for all children to take part in enrichment activities honouring the similarities and differences of culture, race, language, religion and interests. We enjoy established links with local schools, businesses and community groups who take an active part in our regular events.

Staff qualification and selection

Our teaching team includes qualified teachers of the visually impaired (QTVIs), a qualified teacher of multi-sensory impairment (QTMSI) and teachers who are qualified and experienced in teaching children with learning difficulties.

Visit us!

We welcome visits from parents, carers, children, other family members and professionals.

To book your visit, call us on 01923 82 25 38 or email us at sunshinehouse@rnib.org.uk.


RNIB Sunshine House School
33 Dene Road,


01923 82 25 38


01923 82 62 27








Jackie Seaman (Head of School)

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39 weeks

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