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Healthy Happy Lives

The children and young people in our schools and residential and short breaks services have access to support from a range of allied health professionals. This ensures they have access to the healthcare and therapy services they need whenever they need it.


The physiotherapy team works alongside education staff and other professionals to help pupils maximize their physical potential and to  help to manage medical conditions of the children and young people in our care.

"The school supports pupils to achieve their full potential by involving the interdisciplinary team of teachers, classroom assistants classroom care assistants, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nursing staff."
Hannah Cairns, Child and Young People's Allied Health & Nursing Professional Lead.

This is delivered in a variety of ways including individual or group therapy sessions such as chest physiotherapy, rebound therapy, hydrotherapy sessions, the use of equipment such as standing frames and mobility aids, the use of orthotics as necessary and exercise programs carried out by physiotherapy and/or support staff.

Speech & Language Therapy

The speech and language therapy team work with identified pupils who need support with their communication and/or eating and drinking. Children may receive therapy input individually, in a small group or through a planned program carried out by school staff or by support within the classroom.

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy team are involved in the assessment, provision and advice of specialist functional equipment for individual children and young people in our care to maximize their independence in all activities of daily living. This might include, functional seating, toileting/bathing equipment, eating/drinking utensils and upper limb/hand splints.


Within our schools and residential services we recognise the important connection between a healthy diet and a child's ability to learn and develop effectively. We therefore place a huge emphasis on practical food education and provision of a healthy balanced diet to all of the children and young people in our care. The dietician and support workers in partnership to serve up fresh, healthy, nutritionally balanced and seasonal meals.


The nursing team provides holistic nursing care for children and young people, many of whom have very complex healthcare needs within the schools and residential services. The staff manage the medical needs of the pupils, including medication, suctioning, gastrostomy and trachaeostomy care, catheterisation and epilepsy.  They also support the social care needs of some pupils, and provide training for other professionals and support staff.