Welcome to our School

In March 2012 OFSTED inspected our school. We were delighted by the outcome of the inspection, which concluded that “Priestley Smith is an outstanding school”.

On Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th January 2015 Ofsted inspectors will be visiting our school again.We would like to welcome Mrs Lewis and Mr Emly to our school and look forward to showing them all that we do. We will publish our report of the inspection as soon as it is available.

What do we do?

We are an all age specialist centre for pupils with severe sight loss. All of our teaching staff are experienced and qualified teachers of the Visually Impaired. Our support staff are also all trained to a very high standard.


We are committed to providing an exciting, stimulating and highly differentiated learning programme for all of our students and to ensuring that each child is supported to reach his or her potential. We provide both a mainstream curriculum, personalised to meet each child’s visual and learning needs, and the additional specialist subjects of braille, mobility, perceptual development and Independent Living Skills. Every student leaves the school with a range of accreditation and qualifications to help them make their way in the world.

Priestley Smith School caters for children between the ages of 2 and 19 years, delivering nursery education, Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

To find out more about what we do, please read our school offer.


Where Are We?

Priestley Smith School is located in new accommodation on the site of Perry Beeches mainstream schools in Great Barr, Birmingham. The campus includes Perry Beeches Nursery, Infant, Junior and Secondary schools. Our buildings are purpose-built for visually impaired students and are very well resourced to meet their needs, providing the specialist equipment they require to access the curriculum.

Priestley Smith School is a city-wide provision. Students attend our school from all areas of Birmingham and also from surrounding Local Authorities, including Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Have a look at our contact us page for more information on our location.

Our Ofsted Report

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The school was inspected by Ofsted in March 2012.

Here are some extracts from the report:

“Pupils make exceptional progress in their academic and personal development because of the outstanding quality of specialised teaching, a highly enriched and individualised curriculum, and outstanding levels of care and support”.

“Behaviour throughout the school is outstanding and high priority is given to ensuring pupils’ safety”.

“The outstanding curriculum meets the needs of pupils exceptionally well. It is very rich and achieves an appropriate balance between the development of core skills and creativity”.

“Pupils have excellent enthusiastic attitudes to learning and there is enjoyment and good-natured humour in lessons and around school”.

“All pupils make remarkable progress in their development of  independent living skills”.

Read the full report