SEND School Climbing Walls

Are you looking for an activity suitable for school children with special educational needs and disabilities? Climbing can be both mentally and physically stimulating for your students, increasing overall fitness as part of a PE programme or playtime pursuit, boosting confidence, and improving skills such as coordination, communication, and problem-solving.

We’ve built over 7,300 school climbing walls!

Over 7,300 schools and colleges have trusted EP Climbing to build their climbing wall so far. We’ll work with you to design, produce, and install a bespoke SEND school climbing wall that meets the needs of your pupils. You choose the style you’d like, and we’ll take it from there.

We can even match the colours of your school climbing wall to your branding – and add a school emblem or crest to boost your students’ sense of belonging.

What type of climbing wall would be right for my SEND school?

Traverse walls and roped climbing walls are recommended for SEND schools, teaching children the fundamental skills of climbing at a low level and with the safety of a rope.

Traverse walls for SEND schools

Climbing horizontally rather than vertically, known as ‘traversing’, students are never more than a few feet away from the ground. As such, traverse walls are perfect for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities to play and learn basic climbing skills.

Needing very little space, traverse walls offer great flexibility in where they can be installed. We can build your SEND school traverse wall indoors or outdoors, and either free-standing or mounted to an existing wall, depending on your preferences.

The Ballroom Climbing Wall

Yarm School

Witton Park Academy

Roped climbing walls for SEND schools

Roped climbing walls allow your students to climb as high as possible with the comfort and safety of a rope, enabling them to push their skills and abilities without being held back by the prospect of falling. The use of ropes likewise makes challenges accessible to all, with climbing difficulty varying from beginner to more complex depending on the needs of your pupils. Our roped walls also satisfy the requirements of both GCSE PE and NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes) curriculums, should your students wish to progress their climbing to obtain awards and qualifications.

Requiring a minimum height of 6-10 metres, roped walls are typically installed at one end of a school multi-sports hall, using very little floor space which allows for other sports and activities to take place when not in use. Fold-away safety matting can be fitted to further maximise space and prevent climbing without the supervision of a teacher.

Roped walls may be used for top roping, or have the option of being equipped with TRUBLUE auto belays – to enable climbers to ascend without the need for a partner.

School climbing wall packages include all necessary equipment, such as ropes and harnesses, plus our team will train your teaching staff to supervise climbers with special educational needs and disabilities safely.

We’re not only a school climbing wall manufacturer!

Aside from manufacturing your school climbing wall, our dedicated team will also take care of your annual maintenance, ensuring that your school’s walls are fit for purpose and giving both parents and teachers peace of mind that pupils are climbing under safe conditions.


EP Climbing produces not only climbing walls, but also the holds, macros, and volumes needed to create fun and testing challenges for your students.

As an International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Authorised Producer, you can rest assured that our holds are of the utmost quality. In addition to providing you with climbing holds, our specialist routesetters can create tailored challenges for your SEND school climbing walls.


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