A request under the Freedom of Information Act to East Sussex County Council for a list of mainstream primary and secondary schools in the county with facilities for the visually impaired drew the following response:
There are no primary or secondary schools in the East Sussex Children's Services (formerly the LEA) that have dedicated units for children with visual impairments.
Instead, the Service for Children with Sensory Needs (SCSN) has a team of qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired who support visually impaired (VI) children, and their families, within mainstream schools. Provision for a child with a significant impairment can be a full time teaching assistant and if they use Braille they could also get two days support from a teacher of the visually impaired.
The SCSN team also supplies any resources the VI student may require for accessing the curriculum which are not already available through their school, for example: computer equipment; a CCTV – for magnification of text, maps and diagrams; raised desktops and large print books.
There happens to be a small group of blind students currently concentrated in Filsham Valley school, but there are also blind students in other primary and secondary schools in East Sussex.
We don't have a list of independent schools with VI facilities, but our Special Educational Needs (SEN) team produces a leaflet which includes a list of all independent schools in the county. It is only available in printed format, and I have arranged for a copy to be sent to you in the post.
If you have any further questions about provisions for VI children, please contact the Service for Children with Sensory Needs at East Sussex Council:
Service for Children with Sensory Needs, Children's Services Authority, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes BN7 1SG
Tel: 01273 481154. Fax: 01273 481377 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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