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 relationships our dedicated staff have with each and every young person. Our person-centred approach means that we identify our students aspirations, what motivates them, what they’re interested in, and their strengths, and use this as a foundation for their learning.  The young people in our college 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. They are constantly researching the latest innovative technologies to promote independence and develop communication. 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 students 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 communication, work experience, vocational tasters, independence, physical development and the skills that mean every young person can live a more creative, empowered 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 young person. 


An enriched learning experience

Our inspiring, sector leading approach ensures that Royal College Manchester students participate in an enriched learning experience. Our dedicated job coach works and supports local employers to identify job carved roles for our students, enabling them to make decisions about their future as they progress into adulthood.

Led by our artists and musicians in residence, our exciting and innovative arts programme encourages young people to express themselves, building confidence and self-esteem.

Our forest school uses practical learning in the outdoors to expand on technical skills whilst also developing personal and social interactions.  By taking part our young people build vocational knowledge while learning about the practical world of work.

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 new climbing wall that will be housed within sports facilities.

Our annual residential trip to Bendrigg can be truly life changing for our students. As well enjoying a range of fun filled activities, the experience brings challenges too and many students embrace stepping out of their comfort zones.


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, educational person-centred packages which support all young people for small and large transitions as they prepare for life as an adult.

Our vision is to ensure each young person’s strengths, aspirations and what is important to them is embedded within their educational programme, and key milestones are 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 Learning Plan will be supported annually by a person centred EHCP review; 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 and in collaboration with those who are closest to them.

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