Education for pupils in Manchester with physical disabilities was extensively reorganised
in 1996. Set in West Didsbury, Lancasterian School now serves the whole of Manchester
and some pupils travel from neighbouring authorities.
Our school caters for children with a wide range of special educational needs. Many needs arise from a physical and, or medical condition; some pupils may have sensory
needs; some have medical needs. It is increasingly the case that a pupil may have
complex needs and associated learning difficulties.
Pupils are aged from 2 years to 16 years. Our fully inclusive Nursery for pupils aged 2
years to 4 years, provides a lively, stimulating and challenging environment with excellent resources and highly skilled, dedicated staff. Children with and without disabilities can feel happy, safe and secure, playing alongside and co-operatively, a key way in which children learn. Throughout the school in key stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, pupils are allocated to class groups by age. All pupils needs are met by a combination of individual, small group and class teaching. An interdisciplinary approach to their special needs is a strong feature of the school. Other key characteristics of the school’s approach are strong beliefs in the importance of developing confidence, communication and autonomy in an inclusive setting.
`All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, including the National Curriculum. For most pupils, suitable adaptations are made to curriculum content, and teaching and learning methods. Many pupils may have communication difficulties. Part of our response to this includes computer assisted learning and augmentative systems of communication. These are part of everyday life at Lancasterian School. We take every opportunity to emphasise a personal, interactive approach to teaching. Parents often teach children intuitively and we have much to learn from this. We also believe that highly structured teaching is essential in many areas of learning.
Lancasterian School has a highly developed and successful service, which meets the
needs of pupils in mainstream schools.