SENAD Maple View School

Co-educational Day & Residential Preparatory & Senior

305a Prince Charles Avenue, Mackworth, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 4LL

01332 378840

Head of School

Ms Amanda Grant

Age Range

7 – 16 years

Special Needs


Maple View School is situated in the heart of Mackworth, a suburb of Derby, with great transport links to a wide range of amenities in the city as well as access to parks and countryside. We have a large enclosed garden providing a safe and secure environment for the children. The school is purpose built with light, airy and flexible education spaces, the residential home is modern, spacious and homely, all making Maple View a fantastic place to live and learn. We provide individualised education and care programmes for children aged 6 to 16 years, with a range and complexity of needs including:

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions

  • Moderate to Severe Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

  • Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties

  • Associated behavioural difficulties

  • Prader Willi Syndrome We are also able to facilitate children who have some mobility issues.

We offer day or 52 week residential placements, we may also consider term time residential placements. Our multi-disciplinary approach, with Education and Care working together as one team, ensures that all areas of children's Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs) are met on-site.

The school's key aims are for our children to:

  • Be happy, safe and active members of the school and wider community

  • Develop their social, communication and academic skills to their full potential

  • Self-manage their behaviour

  • Develop self-care and independent living skills in order to live a rich and fulfilling life.

Individualised curriculum pathways, with Learning Intentions developed from EHCP outcomes, and a holistic approach to learning enable this.

Children follow individualised curriculum pathways, either semi-formal or subject-specific, according to ability, with EHCP Outcomes and preparation for life after Maple View at the core of their pathway. Children are grouped with compatible peers based on development cognition levels and not necessarily chronological age. The multi-disciplinary teams work together to support development and learning through the establishment and tracking of Learning Intentions. Given the specialist focus of our school in meeting children's development needs in a small-scale setting, we do not offer a sixth form. Children engage in classroom-based learning, including daily literacy, numeracy and PSHE activities. In the afternoons they can access horticulture and small animal care, cooking, Forest School and community-based activities and have the opportunity to work with children from other classes. There is a strong focus on creativity and well-being, with music at the start of the day and yoga to close. A half-termly book, accessible to all, is the focus of whole-school cross-curricular planning, encompassing the areas of music, art, literacy, science and the humanities. It also supports reading at all ages. Individual and group therapy sessions take place within the classroom, within therapy rooms, outdoors or in the community throughout the school day, with communication and sensory-regulation at the heart of the programmes. Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) is at the heart of the curriculum, and intertwined into daily activities, with a focus on social development and equipping children with the skills and resilience required to safely and effectively participate within a range of communities. We belong to the 'Kindness School' programme and daily acts of kindness are encouraged and celebrated. Progress is measured, using MAPP (Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress) in four key areas:

  • Independence: from dependent to independent

  • Fluency: from approximate to accurate

  • Maintenance: from inconsistent to consistent

  • Generalisation: from single context to many contexts

The school day is from 9:00 - 3.00 Monday - Friday. Class sizes are between 3 and 5 students in each of the 4 classes. Children are grouped according to their age, ability, communication style, social dynamics and sensory needs. In the afternoons, children have the opportunity to work with peers from different classes.