Therapy is an integral part of education at the school

disabled student at breaktime with friends

We offer a range of therapies and a stimulating, multi-sensory environment to help develop awareness, physical and communication skills. These are all provided by a dedicated, full-time team including occupational therapists, and physiotherapists, who are trained, qualified and registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Programmes are continued in the children’s home, when relevant, in the evening, at weekends and holidays.


We have a 24 hour approach for each student’s postural management needs to reach their physical potential.

A student’s programme may include a range of physical activities such as:

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Exercises, for example cycling, walking, swimming
  • Rebound therapy, which uses a trampoline
  • Horse riding

Each student’s personal movement, handling and positioning needs are integrated into their individual timetable and carried out by appropriately trained staff.

Speech and language therapy

A wide range of alternative and augmentative communication is available, as appropriate for any student such as

  • Sensory and objects cues linked to regular events, to develop awareness and anticipation of familiar activities
  • Photos and symbols
  • Makaton signs
  • Voice output communication aids

Our speech and language therapists are experts in dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing). They work closely with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors. All students have a detailed eating and drinking programme written and monitored by the therapy team.