Seashell Trust takes a holistic approach to providing a creative, happy, and secure environment for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). From our base in Cheadle Hulme, Manchester, the Royal School Manchester, Royal College Manchester, and our 17 home-from-home care houses provide a safe, supported environment for children and young people with SEND. Read on to find out more.

Our Facilities

Our facilities are among the best in the country for students with SEND. Our 90-acre site is a safe haven comprising a school, college and 17 residential homes for respite care and short breaks. Our ambitious Project Transformation will see more than £50 million worth of investment put towards the development of a new school and campus that meets the needs of our students and residents now and well into the future.

Caring for children with complex needs

The following are just some of the ways we support children with complex needs:

Royal School Manchester

Royal School Manchester is a day and residential non-maintained special school offering high-quality provision for students aged from two to 19 years old. Students come to us from across the UK with a range of complex learning and communication difficulties, so all of our care and support is tailored to the child’s needs.

Royal College Manchester

Royal College Manchester is an independent, specialist further education college that supports young people with learning difficulties, disabilities, complex health needs and autism. Accommodating students aged between 19 to25 years, our college offers placements for both day and residential students.

Residential Homes

Our 17 home-from-home, four-bedroomed houses are for children and young people who need residential support. We can provide 24-hour care, weekly and termly boarding, as well as comprehensive 52-week placements for individuals aged 3 to 25 years. We also offer individual packages of short break services.

Short breaks and respite care

Our short breaks and respite care enable parents and caregivers to take a break from caring for a disabled child, safe in the knowledge that their child will be fully supported by our dedicated and highly experienced staff. Our respite care also provides children with a change of environment and enriching new experiences.

Therapy and Nursing

Our team of on-site therapists, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists, nursing staff, and behaviour support specialists work collaboratively alongside our education and residential care services to ensure all children and young people are supported to achieve their best lives.

Seashell Active

Seashell Active provides high-quality and inclusive sport, physical activity, and wellbeing activities for learning disabilities that help children and adults to get active, have fun, and make new friends in the process. Our activities are designed to help students, staff, and the wider community to live happier, healthier lives.

Contact Seashell Trust today

For more information about Seashell and what we do, please get in touch on 0161 610 0100 or email You can make a difference today by making a donation to Seashell. With your support, you are helping to change the lives of the children and young people we care for. Thank you!