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Educational Service for Sensory Impairment (ESSI)

We are a small team of specialist teachers qualified to work with children and young people with hearing, vision or multi-sensory losses. We use our specialist knowledge and expertise to support children and young people 0 to 25 years from the point of diagnosis and throughout their education.

Our main aim is to give all children and young people with sensory impairment every chance to achieve their full potential and to minimise the educational, social and emotional impacts of their sensory impairment.

We work in partnership with families, schools and settings, the health service and others to promote and provide;

  • High expectations 
  • Independence and participation 
  • Raised awareness of sensory issues 
  • Effective assessments and interventions 
  • Appropriate specialist resources 
  • Information and advice

Our service is available to all families with children who have a hearing and/or visual impairment and live in Kingston or Richmond.

Referral to the ESSI usually comes from local Audiology or Ophthalmology departments once a hearing or visual loss has been confirmed, but school SENCos and parents are very welcome to discuss any concerns with us direct.

We offer support and advice to schools and settings in Kingston and Richmond. Initial assessment and advice is provided free of charge to all settings. Ongoing advice and support for local authority schools is provided without charge and tailored support packages are available to purchase for non maintained schools. More information on building support packages can be obtained from the ESSI Manager


Anna Newson

Manager, Educational Services for Sensory Impairments

Qualified Teacher for the Visually Impaired

Achieving for Children
Phone: 07720144406

The Moor Lane Centre, Moor Lane, Chessington, KT9 2AA