About Seale Hayne

Where is SfIT?

SfIT is based in the Upper East Wing at Seale Hayne near Newton Abbot

The school space is rented from the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust (Hannah’s) at Seale Hayne.

Hannah’s was founded in 1767 through the generous £10,000 legacy of Dame Hannah Rogers – the wife of a Plymouth MP – who had a passion for working with children. Although their proud history has been varied, the aim has been simple: to help enrich and empower the lives of children and adults in need. In 1925 and after much modernisation, Hannah’s opened one of the UK’s first orthopaedic hospitals at Ivybridge, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Some 30 years later, they were the first to open a school for children with Cerebral Palsy. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength, enabling and enriching the lives of more than 500 disabled children and their families annually.

Eager to expand their reach, Hannah’s acquired a 90 acre site at Seale-Hayne in December 2009 and opened their sustainable vibrant community to the public in May 2010. Facilities includes an equine therapy centre, outdoor pursuits centre, recording studios, sensory music rooms, farm, gallery, bistro, workshops as well as delivering vocational courses and learning placements. It is a passion infused creative space abundant in opportunities for all abilities.

Hannah’s has provided SfIT with our own classrooms and therapeutic space in a self-contained building.


Seale Hayne offers further advantages in terms of the learning environment and access to wider services to support our curriculum. There are also suitable spaces for SfIT to run conferences and CPD for up to 150 people, linked to our specialisms, including behaviour/emotional health and curriculum innovation.