Special college
160-166 Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, SK8 6RQ


From 16 to 25 years old


An independent specialist day and residential college for students aged 16-25 with a broad range of complex low-incidence needs including learning, physical, sensory and behavioural disabilities. All of the young people at Royal College Manchester experience significant and complex communication difficulties. We offer specialist three-year courses designed to support young people with: Autistic spectrum condition (ASC), Multi-sensory impairment (MSI) and Severe/profound and multiple learning difficulties (S/PM LD).

Placement types available

Residential - Weekly boarder (Mon-Thur)
Residential - Termly boarder (38 Weeks)
Residential - Yearly boarder (52 Weeks)

Royal College Manchester is a national specialist provision and is Autism Accredited
The college has a fully accessible site with an extensive range of facilities including specialist teaching and personal care environments, IT suite and life skills room, sensory room and media suite, hydrotherapy pool, swimming pool, inclusive fitness suite and sports hall.
Courses are delivered on site and within the community; there is also an off-site internship programme in operation

Support information

Support for Families

Specialist Support


Contact phone

0161 610 0150

Opening times

Open 24/7

Referral details

The College can meet the needs of a broad range of students: -Students with profound and multiple learning difficulties including sensory difficulties/ sensory processing difficulties. -Students with severe/complex learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities and communication disorders. -Students with multi-sensory impairment and severe learning difficulties. -Students who are deaf and have severe learning difficulties. -Students on the Autistic Spectrum with limited or no verbal communication. §Students with severe learning difficulties and complex medical conditions. The college has expertise in working with young people with low-incidence special needs including Autistic Spectrum Condition, Deafblindness/Multi-Sensory Impairment, Hearing or Visual Impairment with additional complex needs and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. The initial stages of the referral process include a visit to the site by the family, a review of their Statement or Education, Health and Care Plan and may also include a visit by Seashell to the young person in their current placement. A multi-disciplinary assessment is undertaken on-site at Seashell and this forms the basis for our placement offer.
Ofsted URN: 106166

Ofsted rating


How do you support a child with extra needs?

Class tutors identify short-term targets for our learners and progress review reports are prepared throughout the year. Person-centred reviews are conducted annually. We provide regular feedback to students and operate an ‘open-door' policy so parents/carers can contact us at any time.

How do ensure a child’s education meets their needs?

Individualised timetables are designed for all learners.We provide high levels of support for our students with specialist teaching and support staff, working in small class groups. In partnership with many local employers, we are able to offer work experience opportunities for all our students and also operate off-site learning opportunities for year 3 students on our intern programme. Seashell Trust employs a team of therapists on-site providing physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, as required. Learning programmes are enhanced by our Assistive Technologist who works closely with both education and therapy staff developing hardware and software solutions that address the needs of individual students. Students can also benefit from support from our behaviour management coordinator, habilitation specialist and qualified Intervenor

How will we know my child is progressing?

• Regular contact with parents/carers from personal tutor via email or telephone. • Daily communication through college-home book. • Access to staff • An "open door" policy

How will you support my child’s overall wellbeing?

Seashell employs a Registered Nurse, a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and two Audiologists on site. In addition, the following services are provided: • On-site GP appointments • Dental visits for residential students • Staff certified to administer medication • First Aiders • Senior LSA with specific responsibility for student health and well-being • Student council • Regular staff training • Personal tutor

What specialist services and expertise are available?

• Family Link Worker – can provide support to complete paperwork, home visits and emotional support through difficult times. • Job coach – responsible for finding employment opportunities in student's local area for transition from college. • Job coach for six months after transitioning into employment • Senior LSA for Transitions ‘in' • Senior LSA for Transitions ‘out' • Personal tutors for all students • Team leaders in all residential houses • Bursary funding and hardship awards available • Short breaks officer

How are staff trained on extra needs?

Safeguarding measures in place include: • Three Designated Safeguarding Officers • All staff trained in safeguarding at Induction and then attend regular refresher courses • Individual student risk assessments • Activity risk assessments • Room risk assessments • Off-site policy and procedures • Safe learner teaching • Safer recruitment practices • Cause for concern forms • Whistleblowing policy • Termly safeguarding panel meeting with Stockport MBC • Restricted site access
Updated: 13/07/2018