Severe Learning Difficulties

Severe Learning Difficulties

At St Rose’s and St Martin’s we believe in education for all, without barriers. All students follow personalised learning programmes an we make our curriculum as lively and relevant as possible, and we follow the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, RE and IT. We also offer plenty of opportunities to take part in creative subjects such as Art, design technology, cooking and Music. We have half termly topics which incorporate all subjects in a cross-curricular way. We also use EQUALS schemes of work where appropriate. All learning is appropriately differentiated taking into account student needs.

We make sure the curriculum is holistic in approach to maximise pupil achievement and understanding. We have high staff to student ratios, and small class sizes. We offer a lively and stimulating environment, and students are expected to take part, rather than just observe. In each classroom we have a range of technology available for the students, from interactive plasma screens which can be accessed through touch screen or switch, to iPads.

St Rose’s offers a safe and nurturing environment for students with severe learning difficulties with a range of specialists working together to develop each individual student. A wide variety of therapy is offered alongside education, with therapy taking place in class where appropriate. A multi-disciplinary team, comprising of the class teacher, therapists and teaching assistants, set challenging targets which will allow for individual achievement.   We believe that the student’s comfort is directly related to their readiness to learn, and postural management is carried out throughout the school day so that the students are as comfortable as they can be. We use postural beds in class so that no one misses out on learning opportunities.

We provide an inclusive education which sets challenges for every student. We promote independence and personal development for each student in order that they achieve their potential.

Communication is promoted throughout St Rose’s and St Martin’s using a wide variety of strategies such as the use of symbols, low tech and high tech communication aids and Makaton signing.




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.