Proud of our past. Building for the Future.

For 200 years, since 1823, Seashell has been providing children and young adults – whose potential to achieve is too often overlooked – the very best start in life. Continuing the ambition of our charity founders, Seashell has pledged to redevelop the entire campus to create world-class facilities for special education needs resources.

Extraordinary young people deserve extraordinary places in which to live and learn.

The first two phases of the Seashell campus transformation are now complete thanks to our Transforming Lives Appeal. Not a charity to stand still, we are embarking upon the next phase of our transformation: a new home for Royal College Manchester, a dedicated learning, development, health and wellbeing hub for our staff and inclusive sports and activity facilities for our community.

A new home for Royal College Manchester

The current college building has been adapted over the years and still presents many challenges for the student population. It undermines our ability to deliver the very best teaching and learning and limits the number of students we can accommodate. A new building will provide young adults with the learning opportunities they deserve to prepare them for a life in the community, with part-time supported employment a realistic ambition.


A dedicated hub for our staff

Attracting the very best staff to work at Seashell is central to the delivery of exceptional education and care.

With over 600 day and night staff  the provision of quality training is essential to maintain standards and offer career progress within the charity. Recruitment and retention has never been more important.

Without a dedicated facility utilising the latest interactive remote learning, we will struggle to be an employer of choice for people seeking a career in this sector. Many of our staff work weekends and nights and we’re keen to offer better resources for all.

Inclusive sport and activity for the community

Physical activity is beneficial for all children and young adults and even more so for those with complex needs who, due to their conditions and medical routines, struggle to access local facilities with staff who understand their needs.

A new sports hall with a climbing wall and a large fitness suite will perfectly complement the learner and hydrotherapy pool in the Moulding Foundation Building. The facilities will be available to the local community as part of Seashell’s award-winning, inclusive sport programme, Seashell Active.

Now is the time ...

Seashell has made a significant investment of its own towards the campus transformation and, more recently, sold some of its landholdings to release funds, but we will need further funds to deliver this critical project.

We can’t stop now.

Donating to the Transforming Lives Appeal is an opportunity to directly enable a major transformation in the lives of the most vulnerable children and young adults – now and for years to come. One that will support a truly world-class campus that will lead the way in the sector and inspire others to learn from our expertise. With your help, we can greatly improve their quality of education and their quality of life.


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If you would like to get involved with the Transforming Lives Appeal, email or call us on 0161 610 0117

Our Transformation Journey ...

The Moulding Foundation Building, new home to our Outstanding (Ofsted 2022) Royal School Manchester includes a dining hall shared with Royal College Manchester plus a new swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool and therapy assessment suite.

The Moulding Foundation BuildingThe Heart SpaceBertie Broome Swimming Pool



With grateful thanks to our donors

Moulding Family Foundation, Broome Family Charitable Trust, Mason Family Foundation, The Band Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, HM Treasury using LIBOR funds, Zochonis Charitable Trust, Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust, Mulchand Foundation, Bhim Ruia Foundation, Michael Josephson Ball, Wolfson Foundation, Morson International, Cardinal Maritime/Sambro, Bentley Manchester, Barnes Cotton District Charity, Rycroft Children’s Fund, Showman Rose Foundation, Elizabeth Hardie Ferguson Charitable Trust, Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust, Together Money, Morson Ladies Lunch, The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, Paul Hogarth, Ron Wood, The Britford Bridge Trust, Surinder Puri, Naresh Abrol, In memory of Kathy Gilbert, Hurstwood Holdings

The Learn to Ride track aims to get children and young adults involved in improving their cycling skills and knowledge of riding while on the road.  It is designed to provide a fun and safe space for improving well-being and confidence while cycling.  The track leads to three graded off-road trails offering a range of different challenges and sensory experiences.

The Learn to Ride track 

Aerial View of Learn to Ride trackOff Road Trails

3G Sports Pitch

Aerial View of 3G Sports Pitch


Sir Norman Stoller Way is a close of 17 new homes for the children and young adults who live at Seashell.  A £10million development achieved thanks to the remarkable generosity of individuals, companies and grant-making trusts.  The homes offer the very best accommodation and facilities for Seashell to provide the finest care for those whose only option is to live away from their families.Aerial view of Sir Norman Stoller Way

Who we are

Seashell. An extraordinary place. For extraordinary people.

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Our history

Our charity was founded in 1823 and enjoys a rich history, originally opening as a deaf school for children in rented premises in Salford. We re looking forward to celebrating our bicentenary in 2023.

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Transforming Lives Appeal Board

Transforming Lives Appeal Board

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