Royal Blind School

43 Canaan Lane


EH10 4SG

Tel: 0131 446 3120

Fax: 0131 447 9266



Press Releases - Royal Blind School

Find out more about our work and latest news by reading our latest press releases. 

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Office hours: 0131 229 1456
Out of hours: 07713 987 797

New figures show attainment gap remains for vision impaired pupils

Pupil at Royal Blind School learning Braille

Press Release | 20/06/2018

Royal Blind has welcomed new figures which show an improvement in the number of vision impaired pupils who progress to positive destinations after school.  However, the charity, which runs the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, has highlighted they still face an attainment gap compared to fully sighted pupils.


Sight loss charity launches loneliness report at SNP Conference

Veterans speaking to each other at a Scottish War Blinded event

Press Release | 08/06/2018

Today Scotland’s biggest charity supporting blind and partially sighted people will launch a new report highlighting the links between sight loss and social isolation.  Royal Blind is holding a joint fringe meeting with Age Scotland on the issue of loneliness as the Scottish Government prepares to finalise a groundbreaking nation strategy to tackle social isolation.


Royal Blind School wins £45,000 of National Lottery funding

STV presenter, Royal Blind School staff and pupils gathered with winner sign

Press Release | 08/05/2018

A school for blind and partially sighted pupils has won £45,000 of National Lottery funding thanks to help from the public.


Sight loss leading to thousands of Scots facing loneliness

Lewis smiles at camera

Press Release | 01/05/2018

Scotland’s biggest charity supporting blind and partially sighted people has called for action to tackle loneliness among the nearly 200,000 Scots who live with sight loss. Research from Royal Blind shows that almost two thirds of vision impaired people have experienced loneliness because of their sight loss.


Royal Blind Statement on Penman Case

Former Royal Blind School building

Press Release | 22/03/2018

We are deeply saddened about the significant crimes carried out by a former pupil, David Penman, in the 1980s, for which he has been sentenced today.  We would like to express our heartfelt sorrow to his victims.


Royal Blind calls for more support for increasing number of vision impaired pupils

Royal Blind School pupil Bo receiving tuition in Braille

Press Release | 07/03/2018

Scotland’s largest vision impairment charity has called for local authorities and the Scottish Government to take urgent action to improve support for blind and partially sighted pupils. 


Aerospace company adapts technology for Royal Blind School pupils

Robbie uses the Smart platform

Press Release | 05/03/2018

A futuristic piece of technology has been adapted by a leading aerospace company to help young blind pupils find their way to class.

Apprentices working at Edinburgh-based company, Leonardo, have adapted sensor technology to help Royal Blind School pupils who are wheelchair users to navigate around the school more easily.


Lack of school resources failing blind and partially sighted children

Pupil at Royal Blind School learning braille

Press Release | 05/02/2018

Royal Blind calls for extra support for rising numbers of pupils with vision impairment


Royal Blind welcomes rates relief protection for special schools in budget

Royal Blind School Edinburgh

Press Release | 15/12/2017

Royal Blind welcomes rates relief protection for special schools in budget


Royal Blind highlights concern over special teachers numbers

Pupils conduct a science experiment

Press Release | 12/12/2017

Royal Blind has today urged the Scottish Government to consider policies which will encourage the recruitment of teachers for pupils with additional needs in light of new figures which show a reduction in the number of special teachers in Scotland’s schools.