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 Psychologist, who contribute to each child’s developmental plan.
The 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.
At present, there are twelve places within The ARK and currently four other children benefit from the specialist support it provides by being guested in with adult support from mainstream.