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Safe Schools

Warrnambool Special Development School is proud to announce that we are committed to be part of the Victorian Government Safe Schools innovative. We strive to create a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive to all, including those who are (or whose family is) LGBTIQ+.

WWEB Patrol News

On Monday afternoon our ResourceSmart Schools Facilitator, Natasha Mills visited our school to assist us with our Annual Waste Audit.  The Waste Audit gives the school a snapshot of the type and quantity of waste we are collecting in our recycling and landfill bins. 

Variety Club Breakfast

Our Variety Club Breakfast was a huge success, thankyou to the following for their help:

Our School

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.


Please join us for an amazing afternoon of music at WSDS. The school rock band Evolution will perform a brand new set of songs. They will be joined for a special signing and singing section of the show by WSDS choir. If that’s not enough for you then there will also be a special performance of the song “Marrin Gamu” sung in the local indigenous language of Peek Whuurrung. 

We hope to see you there!!


Inside Out Production

Junior Secondary students performed in the production “Inside Out”.  The students had worked on creating the production for over three months and were very excited to perform for their friends, parents and carers. Congratulations to all the students involved, it was a great show that was enjoyed by all.

Principal’s message

Welcome to Warrnambool Special Developmental School

Warrnambool SDS is an innovative and vibrant school that is highly regarded for its educational programs and highly skilled staff. The school improves outcomes for students through a curriculum that focuses on the learning of academic, technological and social skills. The goal for our students is for each one to reach their highest potential and become responsible, valued, and productive global citizens and life-long learners.  This is achieved by maximising their independence through the delivery of an age appropriate and personalised curriculum which is based on the Victorian Curriculum.

Contact Us

Warrnambool Special
Development School

101 Hyland Street
Warrnambool  3280  VIC

Phone:  (03) 55611711
Fax:  (03) 55613306