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A school for children and young people with vision impairment has been praised for its ‘outstanding positive learning environment’ following an inspection by Education Scotland and the Care Inspectorate.

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The Royal Blind School, in Edinburgh, achieved the top-rating of ‘excellent’ for its learning teaching and assessment, and ‘very good’ ratings in the categories of raising attainment and achievement, quality of care and support, and quality of staff.

The inspection took place in September 2018.

Head Teacher, Elaine Brackenridge, said: “I am absolutely delighted with this positive report which captures the ethos of our school community.  I am thrilled to see staff given high praise for their creative, individualised teaching and skilled, focussed assessment techniques. It is a proud moment for everyone here at Royal Blind. ”

The school is run by Scotland’s largest vision impairment charity, Royal Blind, which also runs residential services for young and older adults with vision impairment and the Scottish Braille Press.  Royal Blind is 225 years old this year.

The school is Scotland's only residential and day school specialising in the care and education for children and young people with vision impairment.

In a letter to parents and carers, HM Inspector Ken McAra highlighted several of the school’s strengths. He said: “The school has an outstanding positive learning environment where all children and young people are highly valued.

“Staff know children and young people extremely well and work as a team to meet their individual needs very effectively in creative and flexible ways.

“The school demonstrates very high expectations for all children and young people. Children and young people are motivated through their high-quality learning experiences and their interactions with staff to achieve as well as they can.”