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Sightbox Trust

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Dedicated to Investing in Visually Impaired Students

Bringing Joy to the Visually Impaired

Sightbox Trust was founded in Liverpool, Merseyside to provide resources and assistance to visually impaired people. Our founder, Dr John. A. Patterson was originally an engineer and retrained as a teacher. He works in Merseyside and was seconded onto an Objective One programme to write innovative projects to raise educational standards across a Mersey footprint.


This secured him with a senior lecturer position at Liverpool Hope University, lecturing on teacher education pathways as head of physical education and secondments to teach on master’s courses attached to entrepreneurial learning. He has secured an MSc and PhD connected to social capital, service-learning volunteerism, and curriculum design. Also, he is internationally published in this field.


Being invited to apply for the principal position at St. Vincent's, Dr Patterson was part of the initial schools based 'Schools Direct' teacher training model. He secured the delivery of a school-based teacher training model for the mandatory qualification needed to be a teacher of the blind (MQTVI).


St. Vincent's has been consistently graded across the school and residential as 'Outstanding' by HM Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and has received recognition by the High Sheriff of Liverpool Award, the Freedom of the City of Liverpool, and a Liverpool John Moore’s University Corporate Award. The school is a directly licenced centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.


Dr Patterson was the Charter President of Rotary, Liverpool St. Vincent's, and serves on the Catholic Independent Schools Board with a disability lead.


To book Dr John Patterson for an event or conference, please email [email protected] or telephone +44 151 228 9968.


There are ideas under development which are part of St. Vincent's 'enriched curriculum', including most recently the 'I Rugby ball' supported by the Gubay Foundation. Contact the school if you wish to be involved in research and innovation.

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1. Sightbox


Sightbox is intended for a group of pupils and is to be attached to a surrounding and supportive curriculum provided by St. Vincent's staff and pupils designed to engage creativity and link to innovation and enterprise.


It includes:

  • Goalball
  • Boccia Grid
  • Boccia Balls
  • Running Tethers
  • Blindfolds
  • Other Various Balls
  • parachute canopy
  • Talking Watch and Talking Pedometer

2. Sightbag


Sightpack is intended for an individual pupil to foster independence and be used as a stepping stone into a surrounding and supportive Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum in collaboration with St. Vincent's staff and pupils.


It includes:

  • Sound Ball
  • Talking Stopwatch
  • Running Line
  • Talking Pedometer
  • Other innovations

As a hub for VI teaching and learning, research, and innovation, St. Vincent's is constantly engaging new ideas for the Sightbox itself and the surrounding curriculum. At present, we are developing an 'I-rugby ball' with the Gubay Foundation and in collaboration with Stonyhurst College. We will keep you updated on new ideas on Twitter @SightboxUK.