Royal School Manchester is a non-maintained special needs school, based in Manchester, offering outstanding education and care for students aged two to 19. We offer day and residential placements. Our students come to us from across the UK and have profound and complex learning and communication difficulties. Each child is different with different needs, so our approach is to tailor our education and curriculum to support the individual.

We offer tailored care and support for those with learning difficulties, disabilities, complex health needs, and autism.

You can take a look at our School Performance data for more information about how our performance compares with national age-related expectations.

Useful Information and Policies

Address Royal School Manchester, Seashell, Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 6RQ

Telephone 0161 610 0100


Contact Emma Houldcroft (Headteacher)


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Seashell focuses on the extended family that cares for each one of our students and residents and about the difference that can be made to all those connected lives. We strive to include the whole family and the wider community in the life experience of our children and young people


Assessment and Admission Policy

At Seashell, we focus on delivering the best life outcomes for our students, their families and their communities. We reach this objective by providing high quality, coordinated and seamless specialist education, therapy and care with a fully embedded positive behaviour support plan.


Positive Behaviour Management

The purpose of this procedure is to record details of all compliments and formal complaints received from service users and to provide a process to resolve formal complaints nearest their point of origin and prevent potential formal complaints escalating.


Compliments and Complaints Policy

This policy has been produced to ensure members of staff, children and young people, volunteers, contractors, and visitors are aware of the duties placed upon the charity by equality legislation and regulations. It is a comprehensive policy to explain the background, law, and our intentions together with our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.


Equality and Diversity Policy

We are dedicated in ensuring that the principles and duties of safeguarding children and young people are holistically, consistently and conscientiously applied with the wellbeing of all, at the heart of what we do.



Safeguarding Policy

Our approach to learning

With a safe, calm learning environment tailored to their specific needs, students can develop and progress to their full potential here at Royal School Manchester. Key to our school’s success is the strength of the relationship our dedicated staff have with each and every child.

Tailored Learning

Our curriculum

Learning at Royal School Manchester is tailored to each child, with their individual needs, strengths and preferences shaping both the way in which they learn as well as their learning environment. Students’ progress is measured against themselves rather than their peers. Each individual child is unique with a personalised set of goals.

Curriculum Rights

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, including progressive and degenerative conditions.

Health Support

Our facilities

Royal School Manchester provides state-of-the-art learning resources and highly specialised learning environments which are tailored to each individual 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 college who need this support. We also offer short breaks, ranging from one or two nights per week or for longer periods, depending upon specific care needs.

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Family services

We offer support for families throughout their journey with Seashell, from 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 an important part of Seashell offering a wide range of sport, wellbeing, health and leisure activities.

All About Seashell Active

Without a doubt, the key to Elliot’s happiness and his successes at the school has been down to the care, skills, commitment and expertise of everyone there.

Elliots' Mum

Our Values

Our values revolve around our commitment to provide the very best care and support to children with complex learning disabilities and autism.

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Our school pupil premium


View our last Ofsted school inspection report


Our school term dates 2021-22



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