RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning

Pears Foundation is driven by a clear sense of moral duty to improve the life outcomes of society’s most vulnerable. Places like the RNIB Pears Centre meet our aims and ambition for our young people and provide world-class facilities for them and their families to enjoy.
Trevor Pears CMG

Children and young people with special educational needs are amongst the most vulnerable in our society. They and their families face multiple pressures and barriers. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting their wellbeing through the provision of first-rate educational and residential facilities.

There is significant association between sight problems and complex needs. RNIB estimates that 9,000 to 12,000 of the 25,000 children in the UK who are blind or partially sighted may also have additional disabilities. Children with such complex needs require high levels of care and support, which mainstream schools are not able to provide. There is also growing need for year-round care provision.

Based in Coventry, the RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning supports children and young people who have learning difficulties and disabilities and who are blind or partially sighted. It offers a stimulating and supportive purpose-built environment for them, enabling them to reach their full potential for learning, independence and fulfilment.

The Centre has a multi-disciplinary focus to ensure that all aspects of the children's needs are met and works closely with parents, families and carers to offer individually tailored education, care and therapies.

Services offered include:

  • Education in the special school (rated outstanding by OFSTED) and nursery
  • Residential care
  • Nursing care for children with additional medical needs
  • Therapies and healthcare
  • Outreach and training

The Foundation invested over £1 million in the development of the new site, which was formally opened in 2012, and has since committed further funding towards an on-site hydrotherapy pool. The Centre is equipped with the latest technology, equipment and aids. This is transforming the environment and improving specialist support for children and young people who live and learn there.