We want to bring joy to visually impaired

Founder is a highly respected educationalist

Sightbox founder Dr John. A. Patterson was originally an engineer and retrained as a teacher. Working in Merseyside he was seconded onto an Objective One programme to write innovative projects to raise educational standards across a Merseyfootprint. This secured a Senior Lecturer position at Liverpool Hope University lecturing on teacher education pathways as head of Physical Education and secondments to teach on Masters courses attached to entrepreneurial learning. He has secured an MSc and PhD connected to social capital, service- learning volunteerism and curriculum design and is internationally published in this field.

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 and secured delivery of a schools 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 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 by a Liverpool John Moores University Corporate Award. 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.

Book Dr. Patterson for an event/conference

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

We gift freely...

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
  • Various Other Balls
  • Ball Pump

2. Sightpack

Sightpack is intended for an individual pupil to foster independence and 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.

Get involved

If you are an individual looking to find likeminded people wishing to get active in supporting visually impaired young people in the UK and or overseas or a Rotary club , a school, Scouts or Guides, Duke of Edinburgh pupils or indeed a group of individuals wishing to volunteer and serve get in touch with us at SIGHTBOX (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) there are a myriad of ways we can help you engage your 'human capital' i.e. your knowledge, skills and understanding to make the measurable outcomes we seek a reality i.e. friendship groups and routes to employment for and with visually impaired. It is all the small acts together which make the big things happen.

Contact us

Please read the frequently asked questions for answers to common queries prior to contacting us. Thank you.


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