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Vision & Ethos


To be an outward-looking centre of excellence in the education of children with visual impairments. 

Through high quality teaching, learning and pastoral care, to develop confident, caring and independent young people who are able to succeed in the world in their chosen field. 

At Priestley Smith School we aim to provide: 


  • A safe, caring and supportive learning environment which enables all students to achieve to their maximum potential and encourages them to be as confident, resourceful and independent as possible 

  • High quality first hand learning experiences for all students, delivered by specialist teaching and support staff 

  • Full access to a broad, balanced and highly differentiated mainstream curriculum, modified to meet the visual, learning and social needs of each child 

  • Opportunities for both academic and social inclusion throughout all phases with campus and local schools 

  • Small groups with a high teacher-student ratio 

  • Consistently high quality resources and materials for all students, including specially adapted Information and Communication Technology 

  • Individualised training in mobility and Independent Living Skills, delivered by specialist, on-site habilitation staff 

  • A range of additional extra-curricular activities to supplement class-based learning 

  • An environment in which diversity is celebrated and in which all barriers to inclusion are challenged 

  • A close working partnership with parents and carers, which enables them to be fully involved in their child’s learning

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