Our independent specialist college

Royal College Manchester offers specialist education for students aged 19 to 25 with learning difficulties, disabilities, complex health needs, and autism. Our students with SEND require profound and complex learning difficulties support. We provide highly specialised care and support to ensure each student’s needs are understood and met.

Our approach to learning

To be successful as an independent specialist college, we take a person-centred approach. We identify what motivates each young person, their interests, strengths, and aspirations, and use it to provide a foundation for their learning. We support and encourage students to express their views which are then incorporated into planning to allow them to shape their own learning. Some students have clear ideas about what they like to do, whilst others will need help exploring their choices.

Our Approach to Learning

Individualised courses

The team at Royal College Manchester take an innovative, inspiring approach to learning. We place the individual needs of the student at the heart of everything we do. We are proactive with our approach towards building communication, independence, and life skills within our students so they can better prepare for a future where they thrive.

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Therapy and nursing support

Our teaching staff work alongside a specialist team of therapists and nursing staff with expertise in complex physical disabilities, sensory processing difficulties, and health needs. These include progressive and degenerative conditions.

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Our facilities

Royal College Manchester provides state-of-the-art learning resources and a highly specialised learning environment tailored to each child. Our pupils benefit from some outstanding facilities which support them in achieving their learning potential.

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Our homes

We take great pride in the homes we provide for the children and young people at our school and specialist college who need this support. We also offer short breaks, ranging from one or two nights per week or for more extended periods, depending upon specific care needs.

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Family services

We offer support for families throughout their journey with Seashell, from the initial enquiry right through to planning for the long-term future.

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Seashell Active

Our sports, physical activity and wellbeing team form a vital part of Seashell, offering a wide range of sport, wellbeing, health, and leisure activities.

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Brilliant staff have worked with our daughter – too many to name individually but all great in their own way. Sophie’s interaction with people is vastly improved

Sophie's Dad

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