Royal Blind School to offer 52-week residential places

Press Release | 20/03/2017

A specialist vision impairment school is introducing 52 week residential care for its pupils.

The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh currently offers overnight accommodation on weeknights during the term time. 

But from April 2017, pupils will have the option of 52-week residential or term-time boarding, as well as nightly and weekly boarding at one of the school’s residential houses.

The decision will enable pupils from further afield who would be unable to travel home for the weekend to attend the Royal Blind School.

Julie Jamieson, Royal Blind Care Services Manager, said: “The Royal Blind School’s residential care service provides a safe, caring and nurturing environment for our pupils.

“I am delighted that we are in a position to be able to offer 52-week residential care. I hope this will enable more pupils to access the specialist education and support offered by the Royal Blind School.”

Pupils of the Royal Blind School have access to education, continuous habilitation, care, therapy and nursing staff, as well as specialist on-site facilities including a sensory garden, hydrotherapy pool, log cabin and sensory room.

Each house is fully accessible and has five bedrooms with en-suite facilities and its own kitchen and living area.

Royal Blind School staff develop individualised education and care plans for each child and work to provide a consistent and collaborative approach of care and support.

To find out more about the Royal Blind School, visit https://www.royalblind.org/education.

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For further information please contact:

Hannah Hulme, Marketing and PR Assistant

0131 229 1456 hannah.hulme@royalblind.org

Notes to editors:

The Royal Blind School is a specialist school for pupils aged 5-19 who have visual impairment, including those with other disabilities and complex needs. It is one of seven grant aided special schools in Scotland, that are independent from local authorities but receive financial support from the Scottish Government.