There are six bright and well-proportioned classrooms in the school, each of which have easy access to the central hall, specially designed arts and ICT areas, sensory room and therapy room. Wall decorations are deliberately understated and muted so as to promote a sense of calm across the school. Careful consideration has been given to the acoustics of the school, with sound-reducing wall and ceiling panels installed to support pupils who are easily stimulated and overwhelmed by noise.
Partnership is key to the success of Maple Grove. We work closely with parents and carers, therapists, Local Authority and medical colleagues and agencies such as Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to ensure that each pupil accesses exactly the right package of support to meet their needs. We are also fortunate to be situated in the bustling Chester suburb of Hoole and have links with a number of local businesses and organisations, including a specialist children’s hairdresser who often visits the school.
Our individually tailored curriculum covers all National Curriculum subjects in imaginative and flexible ways. In addition, we deliver an autism-specific curriculum based on the following eight areas of the Autism-Education Trust’s Progression:
- Communication and Interaction
- Social Understanding and Relationships
- Sensory Processing
- Interests, Routines and Processing
- Emotional Understanding and Self-Awareness
- Learning and Engagement
- Healthy Living
- Independence and Community Participation
Physical Activity and learning in the outdoors are central to the implementation of our curriculum. In addition to our daily activities in these areas, regular opportunities are provided for pupils to access things such as yoga, cycling, Forest School, and coaching in inclusive sports by external coaches.
Our location provides an enviable wealth of learning opportunities, including the extensive Roman history found throughout the city of Chester, and the industrial past of the canal network that passes just a few hundred yards from the school. We also have immediate access to Alexandra Park, with its fascinating bio-diversity and pollinator projects, run in collaboration with Chester Zoo.
Across the curriculum, we incorporate work on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as encouraging their understanding of core British values. In addition, we work on personal development, relationships and sex education in a bespoke and individualised way relating to pupils’ understanding of such topics.