Sandside Lodge School is a Move school.

We promote functional mobility throughout the day to enhance and develop skills.

Move offers support for students with physical difficulties and is led by Grace Mitchell.

We have a MOVE Quality Mark following an inspection. Here is what the assessor said:

• She could not believe how much we have achieved in such a short time.

• It was clear all staff across the organisation had the ‘buy in’.

• Grace did a BRILLIANT job (Go Grace!) – it was credit to the work she has done in enabling and developing others, taking the lead and supporting staff.

• The evidence was ‘incredible’ – ‘A shining example’

• Communication across the school is ‘brilliant – everyone knew each cohort and what was happening next’.


  • work with families, physios, OTs and medical professionals to assess individuals and set bespoke aspirational goals.
  • break down aspirational goalssuggested by parents/carers into short term achievable targets.
  • develop individualised programmes which work towards the goals by  reducing levels of support.
  • maximise opportunities throughout daily life and within the community to promote functional mobility.
  • offer practical support and training for parents and carers to support their child at home.


Move at Sandside Lodge School places families at the heart of the programme. It focuses on aspirational goals set by the individual and/or their families. Activities are meaningful,         motivating, personalised and fun!.

Functional targets can range from:

  • Learning to lift their head so they can have eye contact, use eye gaze technology, interact, communicate and access the world around them.
  • Learning to sit independently so they can help with dressing/undressing or play on the floor or at a table with friends and siblings.
  • Sitting in a regular chair to enjoy a social family meal including cafes and restaurants.
  • Maintaining a standing position long enough to be changed in a public toilet or disabled  bathroom without the need for a specialist bed.
  • Maintaining a standing position and pivot to transfer to/from equipment.
  • Learning to walk outside and play with siblings or access their local community.
  • Learning how to climb stairs in order to get their bedroom without having to be carried or hoisted.
  • Kneeling  to access activities and develop core strength and balance in preparation for standing.

Mrs Donna Stretton

Sandside Lodge School

Sandside Road


LA12 9EF

Tel: 01229 588825


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