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.

As a school our commitment is to be inclusive, collaborative, connected and engaged, thus providing a safe environment and promoting student voice.

Warrnambool SDS, with 70 teaching, therapy and educational support staff, has a current enrolment of 160 students.  We expect that our students will develop respect for others and achieve personal excellence. We expect that they will experience success and that their achievements will be celebrated thereby promoting increased self-confidence.

In 2020 we will be moving into magnificent purpose-built new school premises with state-of-the-art facilities.  We see the building of this wonderful new school as another step forward in ensuring that our students continue to receive the best possible education through the greatness of the people who teach them within a magnificent new building and surrounds which is furnished with the latest technologies and equipment purposefully designed for the specific needs of our students.

I am very proud to be the principal of a school that challenges the boundaries and expectations of what students with special needs can achieve.

Robert Dowell