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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. From September, due to the COVID pandemic, all of the children who attend the Ark will form a “bubble” which will mean that they will attend the Ark full time. We need to ensure that the children’s safety comes first and therefore they will be unable to mix with different bubbles. This will be reviewed later in the academic year in accordance with Government guidelines.

From September 2020, there will be 11 children attending the Ark. 5 of these children are new starters and 6 children have been attending our specialist provision since it started in September 2017. Please see our "Meet the Team" tab.