Seashell Royal College Manchester offers a holistic approach tailored to every single young person that we support, whatever the need.



Key to our college’s success is the strength of relationship our dedicated staff have with each and every young person. Our person-centred approach means that we better engage students by identifying what motivates them, what they’re interested in, their strengths, and aspirations and using this as a foundation for learning.  Young people have high levels of individual support which means that learning opportunities can be purposeful and specific.

With a safe, calm learning environment tailored to their specific needs, students develop and progress to their full potential.


Specialist support

Every young person at Royal College Manchester has an expert multidisciplinary team supporting them to achieve their full potential, resulting in a long standing track record of achievement and success.

All Royal College Manchester teaching staff have achieved additional specialist teaching qualifications or are in the process of studying for them.  Specialist teaching qualifications include mandatory teaching qualifications for multi-sensory impairment, visual impairment and hearing impairment. Our pioneering assistive technologists ensure students have access to the latest technology to assist them in daily life and maximise their learning potential. We also offer British Sign Language for those young people who respond best to BSL.  

Seashell’s specialist therapy team provide a tailored and comprehensive package of therapeutic support, maximising pupils’ opportunities to learn, develop and engage with the world around them. Our therapists work collaboratively alongside both education and residential care staff to make the most of every opportunity for learning, whether the young person is in college, our residential houses, at home with their family or out in the community.

Building skills for life

Our broad and balanced curriculum focuses on physical development, communication, independence and the skills that mean every child can live a more creative, happy and independent life.

Communication and interaction with others, including social skills are key to learning and our multi-disciplinary team of specialist support staff work together to find the tools and communication style that work most effectively for each child. 

Our pioneering assistive technologists ensure students have access to the latest technology to assist them in daily life and maximise their learning potential.  They are constantly researching the latest innovative technologies to promote independence and develop communication.


An enriched learning experience

Our inspiring, sector leading approach ensures that Royal College Manchester students enjoy an enriched learning experience with fantastic life opportunities and experiences.

Led by our artists and musicians in residence, our exciting and innovative arts programme encourages children to express themselves and build confidence and understanding of the world.

Our forest school uses hands-on learning outdoors to expand personal, social and technical skills in the fresh air.  By taking part our young people build self-esteem and independence while learning about the importance of nature.

Seashell is working towards becoming a national centre of excellence for inclusive sport and our excellent facilities include a fully accessible swimming pool, football pitch, fitness suite and climbing wall.   Children and young people can access our awarding winning Children’s Able and Disabled Sports (CADS) which breaks down barriers to bring able and disabled young people together to enjoy a wide range of sport and leisure activities.

Seashell is a licensed Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme hub and students follow the award programme each year, developing confidence, self-esteem and social skills, while enjoying amazing new experiences.

Autism Accreditation

Royal College Manchester has been Autism Accredited with the National Autistic Society for a number of years and is proud to have achieved Advanced Status.  This means that our college programme is deemed to provide highly creative and very personalised support to enable each autistic person to achieve positive outcomes.

Royal College Manchester is thrilled to be working alongside Seashell’s Young Adult’s Care services, Royal School Manchester and Children’s Care services, all of whom are proud to have achieved Advanced Status.

Preparing for the future

Royal College Manchester recognises the importance of creating bespoke, person-centred packages which support all young people to experience positive small and large transitions.

Our vision is to ensure each young person’s strengths, aspirations and what is important to them is celebrated and used to inform their planning and preparation for adulthood.

Preparation is fundamental in understanding the needs and views of the young people at Royal College Manchester to support the development of their person-centred plan. The Individual Education Plan will be supported annually by a person centred review process; including aspirations, barriers and desired outcomes relating to education, employment, independence, health, friendship and community. Once a future destination is identified, a bespoke transition plan is put in place alongside the young person.

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