Seashell Trust, Royal College Manchester

Services/focus of the Karten Centre

Royal College Manchester is an independent specialist further education college for 130 young people aged 19 to 25 who have severe or profound learning difficulties and disabilities. The college is part of Seashell Trust, a registered charity. Specifically, the ICT suite aims to teach students new ICT skills, promote independence and give tools that enable students to communicate.

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Centre Address

Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, SK8 6RQ

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Karten Centre Manager

Matt Daly

Contact Details


0161 610 0128


Host Organisation

Seashell Trust

Host Organisation Address

Stanley Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, SK8 6RQ

Karten Centre Website


Centre Established

January 2008


The college where our Karten funded ICT suite is based, caters for young people aged between 19 and 25. On site we also have a school with a sixth form educating individuals aged from 16 up to 19. These school students also have access to the Karten funded ICT suite.


The Seashell Trust works to support some of the most severely challenged young people in the UK. Each one of our students has multiple and profound disabilities, with a combination of conditions including:

• Visual impairment
• Hearing impairment
• Autism
• Down’s syndrome
• Charge syndrome
• Cerebral palsy
• Diabetes
• Drug resistant epilepsy

Technology used in the Karten Centre

iPads, Windows PC's, 3D printer.

Assistive Technology

Eyegaze, accessible switches/keyboards/mice, touch screens. Grid software.

Karten Centre Staff

There are currently approximately 100 contact staff working at the College

Karten Centre Hours

The centre is open from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm Monday to Friday. There are 6 structured classes in the Centre per week. Those in the morning run from 9:30am – 12:00pm with a half hour break during this time (2 hours total). Afternoon sessions run from 1:30pm – 3:00pm (1.5 hours total). 61.5 student hours per week are spent in structured sessions.

In addition, the CTEC centre is available every weekday lunch-time for students to use for leisure activities. Students predominantly choose to listen to music, watch video footage (hobby related, e.g. sports) and play mouse skills games. Around 6 students use it this way each lunchtime. 20 student hours per week are spent in ‘unstructured’ leisure sessions.

Services offered to the Network

We have our own 3D printer and experience in designing and producing 3D models that can be used to adapt or repair specialist equipment. We can offer a 3D printing service or advise on how another centre may setup their own 3D printing facilities