Royal Blind School

43 Canaan Lane


EH10 4SG

Tel: 0131 446 3120

Fax: 0131 447 9266



Andrew Pettigrew, Current Pupil

Andrew Pettigrew was 11 years old when he joined the Royal Blind School. Andrew had his sight until the age of six when he began to notice the symptoms of sight loss condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa. By the age of 10, he had lost his vision.

Andrew using a braillerJosephine Pettigrew, Andrew’s mum said: “Andrew was in a mainstream school but his vision was changing every day, so that every day would feel like his first day at school. Every single day my stomach would be in knots worrying about how he would cope with is rapidly failing vision at school.

 “The school he was at tried their best but they were totally unable to give him the help that he needed. He also wasn’t getting the chance to take part in PE.

“When he started at the Royal Blind School, the difference was like night and day. I just thought ‘thank God he is there’.

“They knew how to look after him when he was losing his sight. At the Royal Blind School, they just took it all in their stride, and I knew that each day he was there he would be fine. It was a huge relief to me to know he was in the right place.

“He was able to take part in PE again. The PE is tailored to individual children. They look at what the pupils can do not what they can’t.”

Andrew is a talented writer and poet and his writing has thrived at the school.

Josephine added: “As Andrew’s sight failed he had to use his own imagination more. I think that’s really what inspired him to want to become a writer, the Royal Blind School have given him the confidence that he can achieve his dreams.”