Specialist Centre for Students with Vision Impairments


For details of the VI Specialist Centre local offer, please read the report below.

Specialist Centre for students with Vision Impairments
Team Members

Mrs S Lock - Head of VI

VI Teaching Assistants:
Mrs B Beeson
Mrs M Cornwell
Mrs C Greatorex
Ms M Hanif
Mrs L Hampton
Mrs S Harman
Ms M Hayes
Mr J Lund
Mrs A Reilly
Mrs E Timblick

Administration Assistant
Ms K Stofberg

Mission statement

The Specialist Centre provides support and skill development for students with vision impairments to achieve their potential and work towards independence. Access to learning and learning to access is the central theme of our approach to supporting students with a vision impairment. "pupils with visual impairment achieve well and play a full part in school life because of the excellent support they receive." Ofsted 2019

Aims and Objectives Students who attend the Specialist Centre have an Education and Health Care plan relating to a vision impairment.
Celebration of success (achievements) VI students have been recognised as ‘student of the week’  for a variety of achievements, represent the school in sport teams, complete Duke of Edinburgh Award, recognised as Young Achievers and represent the school as part of the choir.
Range of Opportunities VI students have access to and are encouraged to participate in all opportunities available to all students at the school. As a Centre we regularly take part in ‘Envision’ theatre visits which include a touch tour. Inclusion in all school visits such as the residential Year 7 camp. We encourage participation in extra-curricular activities and students participate in activities such as French club, gardening club and debating club. We meet up with other Specialist Centres and take part in VI related courses such as the 'Look’ mentoring programme. Throughout the year we develop social skills through celebrations such as Christmas, or board game activities.
Facilities The specialist Centre is located at the heart of the school with a large teaching room, access to computers and magnification equipment. There is also an area dedicated to the production of resources as well as a quiet study room.
Enrichment programme The school has a wide range of activities and clubs that operate at lunchtimes and after school. All VI students develop skills and knowledge associated with the VI Specialist Curriculum, including compensatory skills, orientation and mobility, social interaction, independent living, recreation and leisure, sensory efficiency, assistive technology, career education and self-determination. Schemes of work are developed for each student based on their targets agreed at Annual Review, as well as incorporating any additional needs arising during the year. In addition, the Centre can be used at break and lunchtime by students and their friends for social chat. At lunchtime there is a homework club to offer support in completing work if needed. Students can also receive help with revision for their examinations.
Useful Web links
  • RNIB - For a wide range of information on any SI topic but also to buy online from their shop www.rnib.org.uk
  • National Blind Children’s Society for Large print books to buy at high street prices as well as help with ICT equipment. They also run holiday schemes, offer family support and an advocacy service. www.nbcs.org.uk
  • Sight for Surrey is committed to working with blind and partially sighted people in Surrey, and to provide services so they may lead fuller, more independent lives. www.sightforsurrey.org.uk


Any other information

Visits to the specialist centre by parents and prospective students are welcomed. Before attending the school full time there is an induction programme so that students feel confident about transferring to a secondary setting.

If you are a prospective parent or student please contact the Centre to arrange a time to visit. We look forward to welcoming you.

Mrs S Lock (Head of Specialist Centre for Students with Vision Impairments).



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Horsell, Woking

Surrey, GU21 4TJ

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