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the ark

The Grafton Primary ARP, known to all as The Ark, is a resourced provision for children aged 4-11 with Autism Spectrum Conditions. The children who attend have an array of needs and are on different levels of the spectrum. The Ark strives to aid every child’s progress in academic and social skills and this is achieved by putting plans in place that are tailored to individual needs. Our specialist teachers and support staff work with external professionals, for example Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists, who contribute to each child’s developmental plan.

‚ÄčThe Ark is located alongside the mainstream classrooms within the school. All at Grafton ensure the children who learn in these classrooms are part of the school community and we ensure they feel included and play an active part in school life. This is one of the benefits of being a school-based provision. We aim for every child to spend some time in the main school although this is based on children’s abilities and needs within the context of a mainstream classroom. However, since September, due to the COVID pandemic, all of the children who attend the Ark have formed a “bubble” which means that the majority of children currently attend the Ark full time to ensure their safety comes first. This is being continuously reviewed throughout the academic year in accordance with Government guidelines.

There are currently 12 children attending the Ark and seven members of staff. Please see our "Meet the Team" tab for more information on the members of the Ark team.