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Renowned institution with a host of awards to its name

By Lindsay Fergus

Fleming Fulton School caters for children between the ages of three and 19 years.

It accommodates pupils who have physical disabilities and complex educational needs, including children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, those on mobile life-support systems and victims of road traffic accidents.

Although the school is based in south Belfast and falls under the remit of Belfast Education and Library Board, it attracts pupils from across Northern Ireland.

Today there are 125 pupils at the school but in the mid-80s it was home to almost twice that number.

Fleming Fulton has sent pupils to Cambridge University and to the Paralympics.

In 1996 it was selected as one of the top 10 schools in the UK for international education and in autumn 2010 its Lilac team was awarded the UK title of 'outstanding school team of the year'.

The judges citation said "we wondered if there was anything the team could not respond to with compassion and the expertise needed".

The school was founded in 1956 as Mount Collyer but was renamed Fleming Fulton in 1957 in honour of the late Dr Fleming Fulton.

He was a pioneer of school medical services and was chairman of the Northern Ireland Orthopaedic Service.

It operates out of a 19th century manor house, which has been extended over the years, on the Upper Malone Road and is headed by Karen Hancock, who took up post in September 2013, eight months before the inspection.

She is the former principal of Mitchell House, also a special school in Belfast, which received a glowing inspection report in 2007.

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