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It is with much regret that we have taken the extremely difficult decision to close Royal College Manchester until further notice.

We have put different steps in place for young people depending on their individual education and care arrangements

  • - College is closed for all students, day students
  • - Weekly and termly residential students need to return to their family home.

Although Royal College Manchester and Royal School Manchester are closed, those children and young people on a 45 or 52 week placement, where Seashell Trust is considered to be their home will continue to be supported on campus for as long as it is safe to do so.

This decision has not been taken lightly and we have done everything in our power to avoid this situation.

We understand the additional strain that our school and college closure will have on families and young people.

We will update you as the situation develops.


Regrettably we are having to take the extremely difficult decision to close Royal School Manchester from Wednesday 18 March.

Someone became ill whilst in school and we have been advised by Public Health England that staff and young people who have been in contact with this individual will now need to self-isolate in order to ensure the safety of others.

Parents have been informed and day students will not be in, termly and weekly boarders will be returning home and staff who have had immediate proximity have been contacted directly and been asked to self-isolate for 14 days in line with guidance.

Royal School Manchester will be deep cleaned over the next few days and will not reopen until after the Easter break at the earliest - this will be confirmed in due course.

Royal College Manchester and young people’s residence will remain open as normal at this point in time.

Regrettably our Short Breaks Service for Children and Young People is now closed until further notice and our community services and facilities including CADS, swimming and our 3G sports pitch are also now closed until further notice.

We have implemented working from home procedures for members of staff within our Support Services (HR, Finance, IT, Facilities, Sports, Family Services) for the foreseeable few weeks – all staff remain contactable via email.

As you will appreciate the situation is fluid and we are reviewing matters on an ongoing basis.  Further updates will be posted on this page.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and this difficult time.

 The Importance of Hygiene

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song: