The school has a well-established Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for children with visual impairment. The pupils attend mainstream classes alongside their sighted peers and additional lessons are provided in conjunction with the school curriculum to assist in assistive technology skills, Braille tuition from a qualified braillist, additional literacy/numeracy skills, independence and social skills. The provision has its own Qualified Teacher of Visual Impairment and works alongside Rehabilitation and Mobility Officers to provide support for pupils.
All visually impaired pupils are encouraged to take a full and active part in all aspects of school life. Support is provided in the classroom and around the school as appropriate by experienced Teaching Assistants. Specialist equipment and modified, adapted work is provided to assist pupils within the class and with homework.
Most visually impaired pupils progress to take GCSE examinations but, when more appropriate, subjects can be provided at Entry Level.
Specialist arrangements are made for internal and external tests and examinations and can include amanuensis, adapted papers, use of assistive technology, practical assistance and additional time.
All pupils are given the opportunity to undertake a one week of work experience placement in line with school policy and are given additional specialist support and advice in terms of further education and career opportunities.
The Provision has established links within the community, with Primary and Post 16 placements, and with the KCC Specialist Teaching Service to ensure the pupil’s transitions are fully supported.
In spring 2011 the provision moved into newly built accommodation which includes a kitchen area for basic life skills. The school environment is fully and easily accessible to all visually impaired pupils.