RNIB Sunshine House School
Special needs catered for
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 they can meet their full potential. At our school, we put your child - and their trust in us - at the centre of our work.
We are part of The Eden Academy Trust - a family of seven special schools - , which work 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 (deaf blindness); Significant learning difficulties and disabilities; Physical disabilities; Communication difficulties; and additional medical and health needs, including long-term ventilation or life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.
All elements of our environment are planned with our pupilsí learning in mind. A range of specialist indoor and outdoor facilities at RNIB Sunshine House, ensure we offer a fun and inspiring place to learn that is accessible to all learners.
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; therapy rooms, dark areas in every classroom for visual light stimulation and ongoing assessment. Specialist equipment is used throughout, including eye-gaze, AAC devices and full range of light-stim and VI resources.
Support services provided
Our on-site team of therapists are involved with your child both within the classroom and in dedicated sessions. They work alongside our teachers to develop supportive, but practical, programmes with many of these shared with home. We also have an on-site paediatric community nurse who ensures all medical needs are met and supports families with any health issues.
Our specialist areas 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.
Teachers, therapists and other key professionals, work together to ensure all learning experiences are inspiring, motivating and support the personal development of every child. Learning opportunities are found throughout each day by sharing a thorough knowledge of each child and exploring them to their fullest.
There are no more than 𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 children in each class, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 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 also take an active part in our regular events.
Staff qualification and selection
Our teaching team includes qualified teachers of the visually impaired (QTVI), multi-sensory impairment (QTMSI) and teachers who are qualified and experienced in teaching children with learning difficulties.
Please 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 [email protected]