RNIB Sunshine House School

Our specialist school is for blind and partially sighted children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities aged 2 to 14.

Based in Northwood, Middlesex, we offer a safe and supportive environment that helps children achieve their full potential.

Update - March 24 2020: 

Sunshine House School is currently closed until further notice. This is due to the growing risk that the national and global coronavirus pandemic presents to all our pupils with complex needs and underlying health conditions.

While we maintain the very highest hygiene and infection control measures throughout the school, the practicalities of attending school expose our pupils to close contact with many different people and environments, not all of which we have control over.

The decision to close the school was therefore taken on a risk assessment basis, determining that all pupils are subject to the health guidance published on Monday 16 March 2020 for those who are ‘at risk of severe illness from coronavirus’.

Therefore, with our pupils’ health at the centre of our decision-making, we are advising all parents to enforce stringent social distancing measures and keep their child safe at home.

This message is central to the latest guidance published overnight by Friday 20 March 2020: “If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.”

This guidance asks schools to consider offering a level of provision for specified vulnerable groups and children of keyworkers. We are currently consulting with and awaiting responses from all parents who wish to explore the possibility of provision beyond this. We will then be undertaking review as to whether this could be provided safely for our pupils. 

We will be contacting parents during this period with further information.

As ever, we remain in close contact with families and social workers of all pupils to ensure that we uphold our safeguarding duties and respond where further support is required. We are working hard to develop our outreach support further with home learning packs sent home to families in the first instance. Parents can contact the school at any point, using several methods, for further support in this time.

We wish the very best of health to everyone connected with the school in this difficult time and we will provide frequent updates as the situation changes.

Mark Fuell
Head of School
RNIB Sunshine House School

Executive Headteacher: John Ayres

Enquiries to: Linzie Gowing, Senior Administrator

Chair of Governing Body: Jane Inglese

Ethos and Values Statement

Our specialist school is for blind and partially sighted children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities aged 2 to 14.

Based in Northwood, Middlesex, we offer a safe and supportive environment that helps children achieve their full potential


Our mission is to provide an outstanding quality of education and care by respecting and empowering every individual and encouraging all our community to be lifelong learners


As part of the Eden Academy family of schools, we share the following set of values:

  • Inclusion – a voice for everyone and everyone is heard
  • Focus – children and young people at the core of all we do
  • Collaboration – together we are stronger
  • Quality – excellence through innovation, creativity and continuous improvement
  • Integrity – transparency and fairness in all we do

Learning with us

Our teaching team is highly skilled and qualified in working with children with visual impairments and a range of learning difficulties and disabilities. 

We work in partnership with The Eden Academy. This means we are part of a family of local special schools working together to share expertise and to offer children and families access to a greater range of activities and high quality resources. 

RNIB Sunshine School and Eden logos

Needs we support:

  • Vision impairment
  • Multi-sensory impairment
  • Learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Communication difficulties
  • Additional medical and health needs

Parents and carers

We work closely with parents, carers and family members to ensure our children get the best chances to learn and develop:

Family services

Whether your child is just a few months old or in primary school, our family services offer something for everyone. Our varied play and support sessions include events involving all the family and activites where children can be left in our care. Find out more about Family services at Sunshine House.

Ofsted reports
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It’s great when people recognise our dedication and commitment to our children. Ofsted rate our school to be ‘Outstanding’ and have given us some great feedback. Read our latest Ofsted report.

Visit us

Are you interested in a place at RNIB Sunshine House School for your child? Book your visit today! 

We welcome visits and enquiries from parents, carers, children, other family members and professionals.

RNIB Sunshine House School
33 Dene Road

We look forward to hearing from you soon.