Halley House School Welcome Prestigious Blind Children’s Charity to East London
Halley House School have partnered with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB), who will share the same location for the next three years.
Halley House School opened as a new primary school in the Dalston area of Hackney in September 2015, offering places for primary aged pupils. Modelled on the best if the independent sector and the state sector, pupils will be educated in classes of 15 pupils for the core subjects, to deliver the very highest educational standards.
RLSB staff with Halley pupils and staff, celebrating Jeans for Genes Day together
As a new school, Halley House School on Shacklewell Lane will be not be fully utilising the building until 2021 when the school will reach capacity and Bellevue Place Education Trust, who maintain the Halley House School, have gained approval from the Government to let an area of the building to the Royal London Society for Blind People.
RLSB was founded in 1838 by Thomas Lucas who wanted to teach the blind children of London to read. Education has always been at the heart of the RLSB’s work since then but it now works with vision impaired children and young people up to the age of 25 across a range of services that support and prepare them to be active citizens in a fast-moving modern society.
Claire Delaney, Chair of Trustees at Bellevue Place Education Trust said “This is an exciting partnership, working with an inspiring education charity and the relationship means that we cannot only learn from their excellent work, we can also share facilities at a much lower rate, which we can use to invest into pupil and staff enrichment activities across the Trust.”
Dr Tom Pey, Chief Executive of the RLSB said “We are delighted to be partnering with Halley House School. Halley allows us the space to run our programmes with vision impaired children and young people, many from East London, for the next three years of so, while our plans for new permanent offices are finalised. It is fitting that we will be based in a school when we ourselves have had a long association with education.”
The RLSB run a series of programmes for vision impaired children, young people and their families and has a goal of helping 7,000 blind and partially sighted young people in London and the South East in the next five years.