Physical Disabilities

Physical Disabilities

Physical Disabilities

St. Rose’s and St Martin’s support children and students who have a varying range of physical disabilities. We are committed to helping every student achieve their optimum level of function. We aim to encourage them to develop to their full potential and achieve their ambitions.

We have a dedicated and skilled team of on-site physiotherapists and occupational therapists who support students with their individual needs. Our specialist staff have a good understanding of anatomy, physiology and neurology and are able to apply their expertise to develop individual programmes to help the young people to overcome barriers they may have as a result of their physical impairments.

The therapy team work closely with teaching and residential staff and provide postural management programmes that are applied across all settings. They also liaise closely with local authority community therapists to ensure continuity across all areas, particularly with regard to wheelchair seating and moving and handling difficulties. There is hoisting available in all areas to support the students with their manual handling needs and transfers.

We are responsive to changing needs. Staff carry out risk assessments and review them regularly to ensure that individual needs are met in a safe manner. Staff have a good awareness of specialist technology and equipment and we regularly carry out assessments with other agencies who provide specialist equipment. Close working with St Rose’s speech and language therapists ensures we meet students’ needs in a holistic way.

Many of the children and students at St. Rose’s and St Martin’s will require medical input and surgery as a result of their physical disabilities and staff work closely with families and hospital therapists to ensure that rehabilitation programmes are carried out post-surgery.

St. Rose’s  and St Martin’s is fully wheelchair accessible with many excellent facilities on-site, including the hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, sensory garden, trampoline and extensive grounds. We have our own wheelchair accessible vehicles and frequently take children and students out in the local community and beyond. St Rose’s and St Martin’s also takes part in on-site, local and regional sporting activities and galas. These challenges help to motivate children and students to achieve greater independence.



St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.




A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.



When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.