The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) Pears Centre for Specialist Learning has joined together with Three Spires School in Coventry to convert the school into a special educational needs (SEN) academy.
This partnership is the first of its kind in the UK, where a disability charity sponsors a SEN academy.
From 1 September, RNIB Pears Centre took over the management of Three Spires School. This same senior management team has been responsible for RNIB’s Pears Centre recent Ofsted “Outstanding” grades and will be supporting the delivery of improvements at RNIB Three Spires Academy.
RNIB Three Spires Academy is a special school for children aged 3 – 11 with mainly moderate learning difficulties. Many of its pupils have autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) while others have sensory impairment, communication and physical difficulties.
Sally Harvey, Group Director of Independent Living at RNIB, said: “This is a very exciting time for both RNIB Pears Centre and RNIB Three Spires Academy and we are confident that by using our extensive specialist expertise in supporting children with complex needs, we can support Three Spires to continue to build on progress to date ensuring they achieve at least a grade “Good” in their next Ofsted inspection.
“By doing this, we will also be improving the outcomes for all of Three Spires’ pupils including those with sight problems. This also gives RNIB the opportunity to promote its mission of preventing avoidable sight loss and promoting eye health to a much wider network of schools both in the Coventry area and beyond.”
About RNIB Pears for Specialist Learning
Building on more than fifty years of expert care and education, RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning offers a stimulating and supportive environment for children and young people to reach their full potential for learning, independence and fulfilment. www.rnib.org.uk/pearscentre
Everyday around 100 people in the UK start to lose their sight. RNIB is the leading charity working in the UK offering practical support, advice and information for anyone with sight difficulties. If you, or someone you know, has a sight problem RNIB can help. Call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk