Base for Children with Vision Impairment

At Sunnyside there is a resource base for children with a vision impairment. All children who attend the base are fully integrated into mainstream classes and have additional specialist support to develop skills such as braille and mobility.
We hold a weekly activity session with all the children together to help further develop skills that will be useful in the mainstream class. Within the class, children have access to a range of adaptations to help them access the curriculum, from raised work boards, electronic magnifiers through to Perkins braillers and electronic braillers. We have a number of specialist teaching assistants who work in class, who are able to adapt class resources or make as tactile as appropriate.
We work closely with the Peripatetic Service for children with a vision impairment and access a range of events and activities aimed at promoting independent life skills.
Our children come from across the four boroughs of the Tees Valley area and are transported to school as required.
There are two secondary bases for children with a vision impairment, Kings Academy and Northfield in Billingham.
We liase with charitable organisations such as Action For The Blind and Useful Vision to help ensure our children are able to access as wide a range of activities as possible.