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A Special Needs School in the Athlone District, Cape Town.

Headmaster : Mr A Gradwell
Lower Klipfontein Road, Athlone, 7764, Cape Town, South Africa
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Education Programme and Specialized Education

Educational Programme

Learners enter the school at the age of 6 and leave at the age of 18 for protective workshops, sheltered employment or where possible, employment in the open labour market.

The aim of the educational programme is to maximize independence, productivity and produce learners who are well adjusted to themselves and the community.

The school follows a curriculum that is adapted from the National Curriculum Statements. Our focus is on Life skills, Functional Literacy and Functional Numeracy.

The medium of instruction is in Afrikaans and English.

Specialized Education

Mary Harding School provides specialized education for 310 learners who come from all over the Western Cape.

Learners are referred to the school by the Western Cape Education Department, Hospitals and private healthcare practitioners. The learners at Mary Harding School present with severe to moderate intellectual impairment. As a result of their intellectual needs, learners require intense human resource intervention with staff being quite diversified in terms of specialist training. Often learners present with co-morbid (additional) conditions such as epilepsy, hyperactivity, autistic traits and other psychological conditions.

Learners who require intense support that the school cannot provide, such as behaviour management, etc. are sent to other social and medical agencies for intervention.