Royal School Manchester

Royal School Manchester is a day and residential, non-maintained special school (NMSS), offering high-quality provision for students from 2-19 years.

Students attending Royal School have profound and complex learning and communication difficulties. A significant number of our students have either single or multiple sensory impairments, as well as other individual needs associated with complex communication impairments, e.g. Autism Spectrum Conditions. Therapy is embedded throughout the school day with school based therapists working in collaboration with teachers and support assistants to ensure a holistic approach to meeting needs.

In 5 years at the Trust, I've grown my experience and qualifications, been promoted and have become a School Governor and Intervenor. How many places could you say the same opportunities exist?!

With deaf parents I've grown up signing and so an area that's scary for others is just normal for me. It's the reason I'm here and also why I feel I get so much reward from my experience. We do take some things for granted, but I have the opportunity to influence the lives of our children and enable them to find independence in ordinary tasks - and when this happens it's the best feeling ever!

I truly love my job and even more so since becoming a governor as I now have a greater appreciation for the breadth of hardwork that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the support we provide to our students is the best it can be ... I feel incredibly proud of what we do.

Describe my time at Seashell in 3 words: rewarding, inspirational and challenging (in the best way!)

Rachel Dwyer
Learning Support Assistant, Level 3... employee since 2009