Visually Impaired Resource Base

The Thurrock Secondary Resource for Students with Visual Impairment

St Clere’s School is host to the Thurrock resource Centre for secondary students with a visual impairment. The students are funded by the Local Education Authority.

The Resource is based in purpose-built accommodation within the main school. The centre provides support for students so that they can work within the main school classes, following the same curriculum as their peers.  Assistance varies according to the identified needs of the individual and their visual impairment.  The students are supported by a team of qualified specialist support staff and three teachers for visually impaired young people, who prepare materials and provide appropriate support in class. Print materials and diagrams are adapted and modified to large print, tactile medium and Braille.  A range of low vision aids, specialist equipment and computer-based magnification and speech software is available.

If you would like to find out more about any aspect of visual impairment and the support we offer within the Resource and Outreach Service, please contact the following either by email or by telephoning the Resource Base on 01375 641001.

Head of VI Resource Base: Mrs Alison Rivers -

Useful Links:

RNIB Insight Online: information about learning support in the classroom and at home.

Department Brochure

Skills for Independence

Daily living skills:
Life skills are often a challenge for visually impaired young people. Pupils are supported to develop their life skills through an individual programme designed to encourage and improve confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Mobility and orientation skills:
These skills are an essential element of the programme for independence. Mobility specialists support Thurrock pupils to enable them to travel independently and safely.

The Resource base is able to offer Braille transcription and Braille tuition in contracted and un-contracted Braille, including Maths, Music and Modern Foreign Languages.

We maintain links with local Health Service and specialist hospitals, local organisations e.g. Look Essex, Essex Actionnaires Club and national organisations such as RNIB, RLSB, NBC, SENJIT and EYE-vise.

Pupils are expected to take a full part in the school’s curriculum and recreational visits, clubs and activities.  In addition, visits are arranged to London Theatres for audio-described productions and workshops organised through Envision. These have included Billy Elliot, Warhorse, Wicked, and The Railway Children. Pupils have participated on residential Outdoor Activity visits at Mersea and Grangewater.

The Thurrock Outreach Service for Visually Impaired Young People

The aim of the Resource and Outreach Service is to ensure young people are equipped with the skills to become fully participating members of society.  It is based at the Resource in St Clere’s School.  

This service provides support for all young people with a visual impairment from birth to 19 years. The Advisory Teachers are able to assess, support, advise and supply information to individuals, their families, schools and associated professionals.

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