Warrnambool Special Developmental School was first established in 1989 having being previously the school section of the Yalundah Disability Services. In 1992 staff and students relocated into new premises situated in Hyland Street.
The school is a special educational setting presently catering for 140 students (aged between 5 and 18) who have an intellectual disability and have met the eligibility criteria for enrolment. This criteria has been determined by the Department of Education as having an IQ of below 70 as well as significant deficits in adaptive behaviour and displaying a history and evidence of an ongoing problem, with the expectation of continuation during the school years.
The school is the only special school in the area and services a 50km radial area from Warrnambool with a population of approximately 30000 residents. A home to school bus service transports our students between home and school.
Warrnambool Special Developmental School is a centre of excellence providing individualised programs for students with an intellectual disability. The school caters for children aged between 5 to 18 in a small group environment that is academically in line with the Victorian Curriculum. Each student has an Individual Learning Plan.
The school is divided into three sub-schools: Early Years; Middle Years; Later Years. Each sub-area is led by a learning team leader and overseen by leading teachers. This leadership team, together with the principal and assistant principals, is fully supported by the staff and the school community.
Students are well supported by teachers, therapists and teacher assistants. Classes are fully engaged in learning activities that are improving outcomes for individuals. Some of our students have dual enrolment at a mainstream school when this has been deemed beneficial for the student’s learning program.
The oldest students undertake VCAL foundation or SPEC as well as being involved in a comprehensive work experience program.