Short Breaks

Short Breaks

Short breaks are delivered in a variety of ways at St. Rose’s and St Martin’s. We aim to be as flexible as we can in order to meet individual and specific needs.

Short breaks include the provision of day, evening, overnight and weekend activities both during term time and during part of the holidays. There is full access to extensive in-house equipment and facilities and the local community. Staff work with the students to help them to use their time purposefully in a relaxed and caring environment. We encourage the students to develop their interests and make good use of their leisure time.

As staff know the children and students well, they are able to support them with therapy programmes and learning targets during the evening and weekend.

Often it is the first time that the students have stayed away from home and we work closely with families to ensure that they are confident that their children are happy and enjoy their residential experience.

We also provide activity breaks with one of our partners, Active Impact, to deliver 48 hour residential stays for students from St. Rose’s and the wider Gloucestershire community. They are themed and include an exciting programme, aiming to push boundaries and provide new opportunities and experiences. These breaks are supported by experienced, specialist staff, thus giving families the reassurance that their children are well looked after by specialist staff who understand their needs. They take place in the community where we access mainstream facilities and activities and we aim to bring together young people with and without disabilities to share unusual and enjoyable experiences. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and develop friendships. Events include ‘Horsing Around’ – a must for animal lovers, ‘Need for Speed’ when we carry out exciting activities such as quad biking and skiing and attending a music festival.

We have extremely positive feedback from both the students families who recognise that their children are well looked after by people who understand their needs.



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.