Granard Primary School

"Growing together; Achieving together"

The Cedar Base

Welcome to the Cedar Base

Mrs L O'Reilly

(Base SENCO Lead)

The Cedar Base is a resource base catering for children with ASD, with associated learning difficulties and/or SEMH needs and is an integral part of Granard Primary School.  The base opened in September 2022 when we welcomed 13 children.  We will be expanding to offer 42 places, for primary aged pupils, by 2025.


Granard Primary School has an inclusive approach and believes that every child has the right to access a broad and balanced curriculum with high quality learning activities and curriculum experiences, so that children can succeed in a safe environment where they feel content and valued.  The Cedar Base follows the same curriculum topics as the mainstream classes adapted to meet the academic, social and learning needs of each individual child with ASD.  In addition, there is a strong emphasis on PSHE provision.  Our aim is to enable pupils to reach their full potential whilst developing a love of learning.


Staff are skilled practitioners with specialist knowledge trained to meet the needs of our children and deliver specific therapeutic interventions, working closely with a Speech and Language and an Occupational Therapist as well as collaborating with parents/carers to help foster a holistic and shared approach.  These include teaching strategies used to support communication and independence skills such as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communications Handicapped Children).


The learning environment is designed to be a positive, calm and nurturing space with a high adult to child ratio and offers a range of opportunities both in and out of the classroom.  Learning areas are low arousal providing clear, visual structures to minimise distraction, helping to increase focus and learning opportunities.  Pupils also have access to our dedicated therapies' room housing a range of therapeutic equipment and resources to provide a multisensory experience. 

Our Therapy Team

Dr M Higgins (Educational Psychologist,

Ms S Foyle (Speech and Language)


Ms S Bouwer (Occupational Therapist) 


Lunchtime Supervisor

Miss K Peach