On 1 September 2013, Three Spires School officially converts to a SEN academy sponsored by RNIB and will be known as “RNIB Three Spires Academy”.
An academy is independent of the local authority. Its sponsor receives its core funding direct from central government which is spent entirely on the academy. Sponsors of academies (academy trusts) are charities whose sole purpose is to run the academies which they sponsor.
RNIB Specialist Learning Trust is our sponsor in line with Department for Education (DfE) requirements and this is managed by RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning which is based in Ash Green, Coventry.
This partnership is the first of its kind in the UK, where a disability charity sponsors a SEN academy.
Sally Harvey, Group Director of Independent Living at RNIB, said:
“This is a very exciting time for both RNIB Pears Centre and RNIB Three Spires Academy and we are confident that by using our extensive specialist expertise in supporting children with complex needs, we can support Three Spires to continue to build on progress to date ensuring they achieve at least a grade “Good” in their next Ofsted inspection.
“By doing this, we will also be improving the outcomes for all of Three Spires’ pupils including those with sight problems. This also gives RNIB the opportunity to promote its mission of preventing avoidable sight loss and promoting eye health to a much wider network of schools both in the Coventry area and beyond.”