The best facilities and equipment in the country
Our students benefit from some of the best facilities and equipment in the country to improve their learning outcomes and quality of life.
Our 90-acre site provides a safe environment with plenty of space to enable students to develop their outdoor skills such as road safety skills and orienteering as well as allowing the use of adaptable bikes and walking aids.
In 2015 we opened our community of 17 homes offering residential care and short breaks for children and young people. In 2020 we secured planning permission for a new school and campus which will see more than £50million invested in new facilities at Seashell
Many of our facilities are available to community users strengthening the link between Seashell and the local community.
Our on-site audiology clinic allows our resident audiologists to carry out hearing assessments as well as routinely manage and fit hearing aids.
The clinic houses the latest objective and behavioural audiological test equipment and we have a designated listening room for those students who struggle in a clinical environment.Read more
Seashell provides a registered nurse-led service available to all students on a daily basis and in accordance with individual needs. It provides both planned and emergency care for students during school and college hours.
The registered nursing team work as part of the wider multidisciplinary team to provide and promote holistic care for all students. The nursing team works closely with student GPs, neurologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, dentists, dieticians and podiatrists.
Nursing duties also include the undertaking of initial assessment and management of new student applicants through the development of unique Health Action Plans that are continually monitored throughout a student’s time at Seashell.Read more
We have a number of different sensory rooms at Seashell in our school, college and in many of our homes.
Sensory rooms provide a safe environment where children and young people can relax and explore. Sensory rooms are fitted with features including waterbeds, colourful padded floors, interactive equipment, bubble tubes, light projectors and sounds.
These rooms play an important role in developing life skills, motor skills, colour recognition, tracking and supporting students to develop communication skillsRead more
Led by our artists and musicians in residence, our exciting and innovative arts programme across school and college encourages young people to express themselves and build confidence and understanding of the world.
We are proud to have our very own Indonesian percussion orchestra – called a Gamelan Suite – which we use to promote the musical development, communication skills and socio-emotional wellbeing or our children and young people.
Our on-site art studios are a very popular hive of activity and accommodate an inspiring range of arts and crafts sessions for our young people including major art installations as part of our engagement with community arts. Our pottery kiln allows us to turn a vast array of clay objects produced by our students into beautiful, glazed works of art.Read more
Swimming Pool and Hydrotherapy Pool
We have a swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool on site. Our main pool is 6 metres by 13 metres and has a constant depth of 1.2 metres. The temperature is maintained between 31 to 33 degrees to make sure our children and young people are comfortable during sessions.
Our hydro pool is a relaxing and reassuring environment, ideal for nervous swimmers and disabled swimmers. It can also be turned into a sensory room with light projectors and a sound system.
Both swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool offer individual and shared changing areas, changing beds, shower chairs, gradual steps and chair and sling hoists for disabled pool access.
Our pools are available for community use and can be booked by the hour. Our swimming pool hire cost is £70/hour, our hydrotherapy pool hire cost is £50/hour. Hire costs include a lifeguard – our pools may only be used in the presence of a qualified lifeguard.
Our CADS and Seashell Active swimming sessions are held in our swimming pool.Read more
Sport Halls, Climbing Wall and Fitness Suite
Our sports hall is the perfect space for students to try a wide range of activities And our climbing wall provides a thrilling experience in a safe environment.
Our sports hall with climbing wall is available for community use and costs include the provision of two qualified instructors and all equipment. Our climbing wall may only be used in the presence of qualified instructors.
Accredited by the Inclusive Fitness Initiative, our fully accessible fitness suite provides specialist cardiovascular, strength and functional training equipment, supported by qualified staff. It meets the needs of disabled and non-disabled people, including those with health conditions. During term time our fitness suite is available for community use.Read more
3G Sports Pitch
We have a full-size, artificial grass sports pitch on site. It can be split into two 9 v 9 or four 5 v 5 pitches. We also have two fully accessible changing rooms and pitch-side facilities.
The football pitch is home to Cheadle and Gatley FC and is available for community use and hire.Read more
“It was an enormous step to make such a big move to an entirely different part of the country but it was a brilliant decision and we have absolutely no regrets.”