Maple News


To mark the event of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, pupils at Maple have been taking part in craft activities in their Science lessons making and launching rockets. Their lessons on forces and different aspects of pressure helped them understand that the amount of water in the rockets played an important part in the height and distance their rockets travelled. Pupils then made moon landers and had a competition involving eggs to see whose landing would be the softest and whose egg would survive intact!

Pupils making rockets
Rocket all made
Cathryn and pupil testing

Tina launching the rocket

Afternoon Tea

Year 11 pupils have been involved in preparing afternoon tea for staff. They have made a selection of cakes, including gluten free victoria sandwich cake, scones, strawberry shortbread as well as egg mayonaise, tuna, ham,and cheese sandwiches which were served to staff. Kelsey also made her famous spring vegetable soup which is fast becoming a Maple favourite! Everyone also enjoyed a cup of tea served from a teapot. Thanks to Catherine for all her hard work in organising a lovely event

Pupil cooking soup
Pupils with afternoon tea laid out on table
Afternoon tea laid out on table


Key Stage 3 pupils at Maple have been taking part in a gardening session to develop their awareness of plants and the environment. They have taken part in repotting plants and also planting sunflowers in our garden. Pupils will be involved in regular watering and we are hoping for lots of sunshine to help them grow to their full height!

Pupil potting plants
Pupil planting plants in garden
Cathryn showing pupil how to plant herbs

Life Skills

Atter all their hard work in their exams this year, Year 11 pupils have been involved in life skills activities at Maple. Today they have cooked a three course meal including spring vegetable soup, meat and potato pie, apple pie and rock cakes. Kelsey prepared and cooked the soup, Leuven made pastry for the first time and Jessie made excellent rock cakes. Everyone was involved in setting the table and serving their food which was enjoyed by all. Delicious!

Pupil chopping vegetables
Pupil adding Tomato paste to pan of ingredients
The finished Pie


Pupils this year went to an outdoor activity residential at Winmarleigh Hall in Preston. It was a resounding success and pupils and staff got to experience a variety of outdoor activities, such as archery, climbing, team building etc. The money was donated by Children in Need.

Pupils doing an activity
Pupils sitting round camp fire
Pupils team building

Young Health Champions Breakfast Event

Pupils from the mixed group have recently organised a breakfast event for all pupils in Maple as part of their Young Health Champions Award. Their aim was to raise awareness of the importance of eating a breakfast to benefit your health and well being as well as help you concentrate during lessons and prevent you from overeating later on. Pupils prepared posters, invitations, quizzes and wordsearches as well as preparing the breakfast foods for pupils. Many pupils tried new foods which they really enjoyed. They can have a breakfast at Maple on any school day and can request other breakfast items to try.

Breakfast laid out on table
Pupils enjoying breakfasts
Pupils making their breakfasts

Personal Safety

Maple has recently had a visit from Eamonn Larkin, a former policeman, to talk about personal safety. He explained to pupils how to stay safe when they are out alone or with friends. He raised awareness about the dangers of using your mobile phone when you are out walking. Pupils were able to practice using positive body language to put across a confident image so they appear less vulnerable.
Eamonn also brought in equipment to help protect the property of pupils and staff - bells to attach to purses and an elasticated strap with a clip to attach to mobile phones/handbags or belt loops to help prevent thefts.
Pupils were also advised about phone apps to help them stay safe. One is called Hollieguard which can be downloaded to their phones and their parent/carers phone.If they are in danger they can simply shake their phone to alert their parent/carer. Another is called Life 360 which can be downloaded onto family phones to enable childrens location to be monitored


Life 360

Classroom 1
Our Changing World Display
Classroom 2

Doncaster Rovers

Thanks to Doncaster Rovers who recently came in to the Hospital School to visit pupils, sign autographs and donate presents. They also donated two Doncaster Rovers tops to two of our pupils who have been wearing them with pride.

Pupils with football
Pupils in Rovers shirts

Support Dogs

A big congratulations to one of our pupils who has been raising money for a very worthy charity that provides support dogs for people who need extra support due to a variety of disabilities. He recently went to Doncaster Children's Services Trust staff summit and managed to raise £245. He has also been selling crafts such as bottles with LED lights in and fairy doors as well as a raffle. We are extremely proud of him.

Bottles with fairy lights in


The School Nurses have recently visited Maple to raise awareness about the health risks of smoking cigarettes and to advise about the support available for people who wish to stop smoking. They brought along a jar containing tar which is found in the lungs of smokers as well as a box containing products which are found in cigarettes. They advised pupils that there are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes which when burned create more than 7,000 chemicals including carbon monoxide, nicotine, tar, arsenic, ammonia and lead. KS3 pupils were able to share their own knowledge of cigarettes from the presentations they have created in their PSHE lessons.

Pupils watching video on smoking
Box with chemicals in

Healthy Learning/Healthy Lives

As part of our Healthy Learning/Healthy Lives programme, pupils have been learning to make healthy soups. Each day they have made a different soup which they have then eaten. They have made a variety of healthy soups including leek and potato, pea and ham and vegetable.

Girl chopping veg
Girl chopping veg with teacher


As part of our PSHE sessions, pupils at Maple have been taking part in first aid sessions. Pippa Adderley from the British Red Cross came into Maple on the 13th and 16th November to deliver sessions on basic first aid where they were able to learn some basic first aid skills. Pupils were able to practice putting a conscious/unconscious casualty into the recovery position - an action which may save a life. All pupils left the session feeling that they now have the confidence to help someone who has collapsed and needs first aid. Well done to all pupils who have taken part in these sessions!

Boy putting casualty into recovery position
Boy putting casualty into recovery position

First Aid

Year 11 pupils are studying a first aid unit as part of their Level 1/ 2 Health and Social Care qualification which requires them to demonstrate practical first aid skills in dealing with asthma, bleeding, burns, choking and shock. Nicholas Thompson a first aid trainer has kindly given up his time to come into Maple to teach Y11 pupil Hope, how to give first aid for these injuries. All pupils practised techniques on each other before being assessed giving first aid to their partners. Well done to all pupils who all worked hard to develop these important skills.

Girl putting arm in sling
Girl massaging ladies back
Girl massaging ladies back

Hate Crime Awareness Week

It was Hate Crime Awareness Week on the 13th to 20th October. Hate crime is a term which is used to describe criminal behaviour which is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victims disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. Alison Atkinson visited us at Maple to deliver a presentation to raise awareness of hate crime which promoted discussion on tolerance and the effects of hate crime on the person involved.

Alison talkin to students

Restart a Heart

It was Restart a Heart day on the 16th October and all pupils from Maple were able to take part in the event. Volunteers from South Yorkshire Fire Service, first responders and St John Ambulance came into Maple to demonstrate CPR to our pupils and teach everyone. We then practised CPR on mannequins provided by the British Heart Foundation. Our young mums also had an additional session on CPR in babies and children.

Pupils being instructed on how to restart a heart

Young Musicians

A big thank you to Steve Chadwick who is in a musical duo with Kath. He recently held a 'Young Musicians' event at the Imperial club Mexborough and raised money for charity. Some of the money, £80, has been donated to our school to go towards our annual residential. We are very grateful to him to think of us.

Steve on guitar and Kath on Drum pad

Mulberry Boat Trip

We recently took our Mulberry pupils on a boat trip from Sprotbrough to Conisbrough Castle.. There were 9 pupils who went on this trip and it was very enjoyable. The pupils also had a wildlife hunt as one of the activities arranged for this adventure.

Boys on the boat
Boy making notes on the boat
Boy enjoying the boat trip

Boy getting refreshments in the galley
River view
Canoes on the water

Fund Raising for Local Food bank

Maple pupils recently did a fund raising event for the local food bank. As well as collecting groceries to donate, they set up a small fair with various stalls to raise money. We had a tombola, throwing wet sponges at staff, knock over the pineapple, bobbing apples and many more. Altogether we raised £65 but added to that was a £100 donation from a grateful parent.

Teacher Apple Bobbing
Sponge Throwing
Sponge Throwing
Boy Apple Bobbing

Staff getting wet with sponges
Boy throwing sponges at staff
One of the games we played
Knock over the pineapple

Staff getting wet with sponges
Boy throwing sponges at staff
One of the games we played

Mansion House Presentation

On 28th June this year we had our annual award ceremony at Mansion house for our year 11 leavers. Pupils were presented with a variety of academic and special awards from senior staff. Then the Civic Mayor, Councillor Majid Khan presented the pupils with their progress files. Pupils were then given a £5 gift voucher each. As well as pupils and staff, parents, carers, management committee and other stakeholders also attended. After the ceremony, the chair of management committee, Mike, presented the Head, Kath with some flowers and a word of thanks to all staff. Kath then thanked Josie and presented her with flowers for all her effort into organizing yet another very successful day.

Planting potatoes
Our first cucumber
Tomatoes growing in a hanging basket
Planting potatoes

Planting potatoes
Our first cucumber
Tomatoes growing in a hanging basket
Planting potatoes

Baby with chicks

Planting potatoes
Our first cucumber

Harvesting potatoes

The gardening club is doing really well at the moment. Thanks to the efforts of Cathryn and pupils. We gave our first cucumber, a sunflower growing competition, many lovely flowers around the building and tomatoes , peppers , courgettes and many more in the green house. We have also planted a Maple tree at the front of the building.

Planting potatoes

Planting potatoes

Our first cucumber

Our first cucumber

Tomatoes growing in a hanging basket

Tomatoes growing in a hanging basket

Our new pet

We now have a Maple pet. She is a mini lop rabbit and is called Rosie. She is approximately 20 weeks old. She will live in the hall once the exams are over but for the time being she lives in the heads office!

Petting rabbit

Feeding rabbit
Two girls petting rabbit

The Royal Wedding

A tea party was recently held at Maple to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry to Megan Markle on Saturday the 19th May. KS3 pupils were involved in baking and decorating buns and scones to offer to other pupils and staff. They also decorated the classroom with flags, posters and bunting and sent out invitations to everyone across our school. Guests were welcomed to the party by pupils and offered a drink and a bun.

Pupils decorating the table

Pupils decorating the table

Pupils mixing the cream for the scones

Pupils mixing the cream for the scones

We are ready for our guests ....

We are ready for our guests ....

Staff and pupils enjoying the tea

Staff and pupils enjoying the tea

Outdoor Activity

Pupils in Maple recently went on an outdoor activity residential weekend. They took part in many activities including climbing, rifle shooting, fire making, sensory walk, orienteering and abseiling. The funding for this activity weekend came from 'Children in Need'.

Baby with chicks
Baby with chicks
Babies with chicks

Baby with chicks
Baby with chicks
Babies with chicks

Presentation by Kath


We are increasing our access to music and have recently purchased some new guitars and an electronic drum set. Pupils have enjoyed playing them already

Boy playing drums

Girl playing drums

Reading Awards

Congratulations to five of our pupils who recently achieved awards in Reading. Bronze award went to Jaiden, Tiegen and Henry and gold award went to Laura and Brooke. All pupils received a certificate and a badge presented by Kath. A special congratulations goes to Laura who is our very first pupil to break the one million word mark.

Presentation by Kath

Hate Crime Talk

Alison Atkinson from South Yorkshire Police came in today to talk about Hate Crime with the KS3 pupils and Mulberry.
Alison talked about the types of hate crime involved with :

Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation

Everyone joined in and offered their opinions and ideas about things they had direct experience of or had heard about. They then took part in an activity creating a person from each of the above groups which we all shared and discussed.

Presentation by Alison

Staying Safe Online

Jane Pezulo came in to talk to KS4 pupils about the importance of staying safe online. She also showed the pupils some hard hitting videos.


Healthy Learning/Healthy Lives Award

Maple Medical PRU were among the first 3 institutions to achieve the Healthy Learning Healthy Lives award. We were awarded our certificate at a the launch event on Monday 15th January. Thanks to the hard work of all staff and pupils but particularly to Jackie and Josie for bringing it all together.

Presentation of Award

Kath and Jackie with representatives from Shaw Wood Primary and Little Einstein's Nursery

Presentation of Award

Kath and Jackie with Rupert Suckling (Director of Public Health) and Karen Horrocks (Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives coordinator)

Christmas Carousel

Here are two Mulberry pupils learning to play Christmas songs on the ukulele as part of our Christmas Carousel. The Mulberry pupils joined in with other Maple pupils to take part in different Christmas activities.

Pupil playing Ukelele
Pupil playing Ukelele

Project 3

Project 3 came in to Maple on 18th December to deliver a session on the dangers of alcohol and drugs to our year 11 group.

Project 3 talking to Year 11
Year 11 listening to Presentation

Christmas Dinner

We had a lovely Christmas dinner today in Maple. All the pupils ate together in the hall. Staff served the dinner up and cleared away. We then had our own resident Santa (aka Pat) who gave out presents to all the pupils and the one baby who was there. She also got all the pupils and staff laughing. Pictured are just a few from today. The gifts were very kindly donated by the Salvation Army. We would like to say a huge thank you for their efforts and kindness.

Santa giving out present to boy
Santa giving out present t
Santa with presents in sacks
Pupils eating Christmas dinner
Staff serving dinner
Santa giving out present to girl
Santa giving out present boy

Santa giving out present girl

'Given Freely, Freely Given'

Pupils and staff have recently been collecting for the cause, 'Given Freely, Freely Given' which helps the marginalised. It is run by the churches in Balby, Loversall and Wadworth. Pictured are Kath Formby (Head) and Jane Morgan (Assistant Head) with some pupils presenting the Reverand Alun Price with the donations. Also pictured are friends of 'Given Freely, Freely Given' modelling some of the clothes donated from Maple.

Pupils presenting Vicar with donations
Friends donating clothes

Kath and her band mate John, then gave the friends of the cause a concert where they played popular Christmas Songs.

Kath and John playing Xmas carols on Guitars
Kath and John playing Xmas carols on Guitar and Flute

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Macmillan Coffee Morning icon

On Friday 29th October a coffee morning was held at Maple to raise money for McMillan Cancer Support which was attended by pupils, parents and members of our Management Committee. Pupils, their families and staff made buns, cakes and biscuits to sell to help raise money. Other fundraising was “guess the name of the cake” and paying to throw wet sponges at Sharon and Martyn! Thanks go to Jessica Elliott, Asha Walker and Alfie Wainwright who are our pupil voice reps for organising the whole event which was a huge success. The total raised for McMillan Cancer Support is £106.04


We had a wonderful awards ceremony at the Mansion House recently. Pupils in year 11 who are leaving us attended and 2 pupils from the Hospital School. All pupils received various awards for academic and non academic achievements presented by senior staff. Then all year 11 pupils were presented with their progress files by the Mayor, Councilor George Dirks. Speeches were made by senior staff Kath, Cathy, Lois and Tom and by the Chair of the Management Committee, Mike Gallafent.
Afterwards, parents/carers, stakeholders, staff and pupils had refreshments and a chance to have photographs in various groups taken by Dawn.

Pupil being presented with certificate
Pupil being presented with certificate
Pupil being presented with certificate

Pupil being presented with certificate
Pupil being presented with certificate

Group of pupils with their certificates

Group of staff and pupils with their certificates


Doncaster Lions very kindly donated money to Maple Medical PRU in order to purchase a defibrillator. 11 staff have had training and the defibrillator is positioned in Reception.
6 members of the Doncaster Lions came in for a photograph with Kath Formby (Head).

Lions standing beside Defibrillator

School Funds

Staff at Maple recently raised £63 by having weekly weigh ins to try and lose some weight. They wish to donate this to school funds. The staff involved were Lisa, Sharon, Dawn (P), Joyce, Josie. Also Kath Formby went to Crookes folk club with her band, The Mint Imperials and performed a couple of sets of songs. We raised £55 to go to school funds.

School council, with representatives from Mulberry, JASP and YPC/Link will get together to decide how best to spend this money £118