An admissions register from 1791 which lists the first pupils to attend Liverpool's Royal School for the Blind is currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool. It is part of Unsung, a display which celebrates the life of Edward Rushton, a human rights activist who started the campaign to set up the school. Teacher Nick Young gives us an insight into the ongoing work of the school today:
Nick Young: "More than two centuries of educating the visually impaired have placed the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool as one of the leading schools of its kind. The school was founded in 1791 by Edward Rushton and was the first such school in Britain, second only to Paris in the world.
It is a non-maintained special school and a totally independent charity catering for the needs of pupils aged between two and nineteen with a visual impairment and additional disabilities, including multi-sensory. It has a long and proud history of working with students who have visual impairment. Parents and carers appreciate its warm and welcoming ethos and the total commitment shown by all staff.
In more than 200 years the school has seen many changes both in education and its physical appearance - an extensive ongoing improvement and re-furbishment programme is progressively transforming the structure and facilities to the most modern standards.
That aside, the school remains unshakable in its resolve to educate its pupils to their full potential whilst consolidating its own role as a centre of excellence. Our present phase of development includes extending our provision up to the age of 25.
One parent or carer commented, 'This school is the perfect environment... all the staff are fantastic at communicating and helping children with profound disabilities to develop'.