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  • The Royal Blind School
    43-45 Canaan Lane
    EH10 4SG
  • Head: Elaine Brackenridge
  • T 0131 446 3120
  • F 0131 447 9266
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 4 to 19 who are visually impaired or blind, add may have multiple disabilities in addition to visual impairment
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Edinburgh, City of
  • Pupils: 29
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Usually funded by the LA
  • Open days: Contact the School for Details
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

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What the school says...

The Royal Blind School is a grant aided special school for children and young people aged 4 to 19 years who are visually impaired or blind including those with complex needs in addition to visual impairment. The school accepts day and boarding pupils and also accommodates shared placements with Local Authority schools and other part-time arrangements. The school is a centre of excellence in the education and care of young people with visual impairment. Each pupil has an individualised education plan. The Curriculum for Excellence is offered and pupils can sit for externally accredited subjects up to and including Advanced Highers. Additional services include therapy, mobility and independent living skills. Subjects include music, sport, drama, outdoor education, CDT, Science, Opportunities are offered to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and a range of other extra-curricular activities. ...Read more

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Since 2013, Mrs Elaine Brackenridge BEd (primary), postgrad diploma in SEN, specialising in visual impairment, and awarded charter teacher status in 2005, whom we met briefly between meetings. Previously depute head for four years. Hails from Easterhouse in Glasgow, was a late convert to education and, having done her highers at Motherwell College, and a teaching degree at Jordanhill, spent most of her career in some form of SEN.

She has, ‘with a little help from my friends’, masterminded the move from the former Royal Blind School on Craigmillar Campus (magnificent and enormous 1820s building) to a specially designed extension to the Canaan Lane site (which previously exclusively housed those with vision impairments and other complex needs).
Depute head since January 2014, Ms Jenny Hughes, previously seven years at...

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Special Education Needs

Local authority funds visually impaired pupils. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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

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