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  • Royal School for the Blind (Liverpool)
    Church Road North
    Wavertree
    Liverpool
    Merseyside
    L15 6TQ
  • Head: Mr Paul Boulton
  • T 0151 733 1012
  • F 01517 331703
  • E [email protected]
  • W rsblind.org
  • Specialist school for children with visual impairment and multiple complex disabilities
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Liverpool
  • Pupils: 40; 10 boarders
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 2
      • Early years provision Outstanding 2
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 26th January 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 20th May 2011

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 11th October 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Tremendous facilities including a fabulous cooking area with ovens and sinks that can be lowered to wheelchair height, and talking equipment. Different materials are used to show where in the school you are; each room has a small sensory object hanging next to the door to aid navigation. Medicine bottle for nurses’ room and walking sticks for the mobility area. Classrooms are named after spices or herbs, eg cinnamon and ginger, and a press button with the scent is situated outside each room. It’s not just the pupils who are cared for. Families are also very much involved.  Lots of support offered, advice and help, and socials for parents, carers and siblings ...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2015, Paul Boulton. A true Liverpudlian. Born, bred and educated in the city. Studied geography at the university. From a teaching family and always knew he wanted to teach. Started in mainstream before moving to more specialist education; this is his second headship, previously at Clarence High School, another SEN school. Friendly and welcoming, he oozes enthusiasm. ‘I have great respect for the staff who work here, who are dedicated to what they do.’ A strong believer in caring for the family as well as the pupil. Sharp suited and business minded, he has plans to increase numbers and has recently started a nursery that is growing rapidly. Very keen to get the children as young as possible so they get the specialist care they need. Lots of ambitious plans in the pipeline...

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Special Education Needs

The Royal School for the Blind is a non-maintained special school and an independent charity providing for pupils from two to nineteen years who have a visual impairment and additional disabilities, including multi-sensory impairment. The school takes day and weekly boarding pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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