Coburg SDS is a dynamic Special Developmental School situated in the Northern Western region of Melbourne. We provide a friendly and caring environment that enhances learning, personal growth and well-being for all students. The school caters for families from the northern and western suburbs, from a range of socio-economic and ethnic background. Students attending the school generally reside within our designated transport area.
Our school currently caters for 60 students with a primary diagnosis of developmental delay or intellectual disability. Many of our students have other additional needs that affect their learning including but not limited to autism, communication and high sensory needs. We provide a caring and challenging environment that enhances learning, personal growth and well-being for all students.
Coburg SDS has a well-developed curriculum for students with a disability and uses a Child Centred Learning approach that works towards meeting the individual needs of each student. Learning goals for each student are established through negotiated education plans developed in collaboration between education and therapy staff, and families. The school employs speech and occupational therapists to support our students to ensure that all students can engage as effectively as possible with the curriculum. Our therapists are pivotal in ensuring that all students have the communication and sensory supports in place in the classroom so that all learning opportunities can be maximised. Communication, functional skills and social and emotional learning are embedded through all aspects of our programs. Our therapy team works with teachers to provide the support to assist our students to engage in their learning.
Our school offers the opportunity for some of our primary aged students to attend our Coburg North Primary classrooms. These classes are designed to offer greater opportunities for our students to engage and socialise with their mainstream peers.
We are currently upgrading our facilities to provide an environment where all students are engaged and ready to learn.