A request under the Freedom of Information Act to the Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames for a list of mainstream primary and secondary schools in the borough with facilities for the visually impaired drew the following response:
Due to the very low incidence of visual impairment in Kingston's residential population, there are no specialist resources within the mainstream schools in Kingston. All mainstream schools maintained by the Local Authority admit pupils with special educational needs (SEN), including those with visual impairments. The Council delegates funding to each of its schools to support pupils with lower levels of difficulty, often referred to as School Action plus. Bespoke equipment and adaptations are provided for pupils appropriately placed in the mainstream schools. In addition, there is a visiting specialist V.I teacher. Details of schools in Kingston can be found on the Council's website. a link is provided below. http://www.kingston.gov.uk/education/schools.htm
For pupils with severe, profound or complex levels of visual impairment, provision is made in line with the individual pupil's difficulties. This may be in a unit, resource or special school maintained by another local authority or at a specialist residential school.
A link to the Council's SEN policy has been provided. This link consists of a booklet (which may be a little out of date as it is in the process of being revised for the autumn term 05) for parents giving details of all the Council's Services for pupils with SEN, including contact details.
There are no specialist independent schools in this area. The Government's Department for Education & Skills, which registers and approves such schools, maintains a list of the schools nationally.
Thank you for your enquiry.