Physiotherapy at St Rose’s and St Martin’s is an integral part of our students’ lives. Members of the physiotherapy team employed directly by St Rose’s and St Martin’s, work with children and students throughout the day and are involved in a variety of ways. Physiotherapists are experienced specialists in delivering a high quality service to our students. Our physiotherapists are all members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We offer a holistic approach which is embedded into the whole day: during lessons, breaks, and when students are in residence.

We assess students with reduced or compromised mobility on entry, and set long and short–term achievement goals jointly with the student and other therapists, as appropriate. These are shared with teachers, teaching assistants, carers and parents and are reviewed every term. Our dedicated team includes a Physiotherapy Technician and Physiotherapy assistant, and we work particularly closely with the massage therapist to maximise the benefits of therapy. Students have timetabled sessions of physiotherapy as directed by their Statement of Special Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan. We are able to increase treatment in response to students’ needs for example, if there is a change in equipment or physical well-being or following surgery.

Physiotherapy may take place in our specialist physio room, in the multi-sensory hydrotherapy pool or on the trampoline. It may be delivered directly by a Physiotherapist or indirectly, by other trained members of St Rose’s  and St Martin’s staff, to an individual student or in a group. All areas of treatment can be accessed by overhead hoisting. We host regular NHS wheelchair clinics at St Rose’s and St Martin’s for Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Bristol students.

Our physiotherapists share their expertise with all staff involved in the care of the student. They provide training in postural management, manual handling, Aquatic Therapy and in exercise programmes. Parents and carers are welcome to come into the department to observe a session, learn new exercises, changes to postural management and be involved in goal setting.

Physiotherapy programmes may include:

  • Postural management

  • Pain management

  • Aquatic Therapy

  • Rebound Therapy

  • Stretching and standing programmes

  • Improving functional skills

  • Gait re-education

  • Respiratory health.




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.