"Young people could decorate their bedrooms as they wished. We saw that staff worked very hard to maintain a good quality living environment for young people." - Care Inspectorate 2015 

Royal Blind School

43 Canaan Lane


EH10 4SG

Tel: 0131 446 3120

Fax: 0131 447 9266




Residential and Respite Care

Due to the specialist nature of our school, some of our pupils do not live locally so a weekly residential place is the best option for them.

Lolly, pupil in residential house Our school can offer 52-week residential and term-time boarding as well as single night and weekly boarding. Respite care is also available to children and young people who are not pupils of the school.

Qualified residential care workers

Residential care for blind and visually impaired children is provided by a team of qualified care staff supported by nursing, therapy and habilitation services. Our residential service is based on individual care packages and supports a 24 hour curriculum, enabling pupils to develop their social, communication and independent living skills throughout the day and evenings in a variety of settings.

Developing social skills and friendships

Residential pupils take part in outings to theatres as well as participating in local community activities and sports. These opportunities enable young people to cope with winning and losing, learning from their mistakes and extending their ability to solve problems, which in turn builds self-esteem.

Spending time with their peers outwith the school setting and being part of a different group provides opportunities for independent decision making and taking responsibility.

Residential pupils can further develop friendships with their peers who are experiencing similar challenges with sight loss. These friendships often last beyond school, providing positive life experiences.

Tailored care

To accommodate individual needs, care packages are either basic, enhanced or one-to-one staffing. This allows for packages to be customised taking account of individual needs related to health care, supervision and assistance for independent living. 

To find out more about our residential services, contact Julie Jamieson, Care Services Manager.