"Be kind, try hard, do your best."

Margaret Coates Centre


The Margaret Coates Centre opened in 1969 and caters for primary aged children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other associated disorders. It has been on the school's site for many years but was rebuilt as part of St Martin’s Garden Primary School in 1995.  The Centre has recently been expanded to provide three classes with capacity for 21 children aged 4 to 11 years.   

Within the Margaret Coates Centre, our children are taught the skills they need to ‘live in this world’. To enable our children to develop appropriate life skills, we establish a predictable daily routine and a consistent approach. This helps to minimise anxiety, creating an atmosphere in which the children can learn. "Change” is built into the routine and staff work with the children to help them accept change as part of life.

 Aims of the Margaret Coates Centre 

In planning for each child’s individual needs we aim to:


Provide a broad and balanced curriculum which targets the child’s specific needs;


Raise each child's self-esteem;


Ensure that each child has access to the National Curriculum;


Encourage independent work skills;


Encourage tolerance and a sense of belonging.




Each child is encouraged to take part in inclusion activities within the mainstream


school at his/her own level. 


During the year children have the opportunity to take part in celebrations, concerts and


play times.


Further individual inclusion programmes are set up when appropriate. Opportunities are


also provided for KS1 and KS2 children to join in with some  of the centre's activities.


OfSTED February 2014

"Pupils in the Margaret Coates Centre make good progress from their different starting points and achieve well. 
Activities are closely matched to their needs, and expectations for the pupils to participate and do their best are high”  


In September 2014 The Margaret Coates Centre gained The National Autistic Society Autism Accreditation.

In January 2018 The Margaret Coates Centre was shortlisted for the Autism Professionals Awards for the    'Autism Accreditation Excellence Award'. Winners will be announced at the NAS Annual conference in          March 2018


Congratulations to all at the MCC. This is a great achievement for the staff, pupils and parents of the Centre.  


National Autistic Society defines ASD as: “a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.  It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties,their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives, but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.” 

For further details please contact Mr M Bogg, Team Leader, Margaret Coates Centre:

Telephone 01225 832112 or email school@stmartinsgarden.org.uk 



Admissions to The Margaret Coates Centre is dealt with solely through the Local Authority.