Durham Road School (6029)

School Overview

Durham Road School is the largest Education Support School in Western Australia, catering for approximately 200 students with disability from Kindy through to Year 13. Each teacher's focus is on delivering high quality teaching and learning experiences using the latest innovation alongside current best practice techniques.
Our geographical intake area is large, with families residing in an area roughly between the four corners of Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook, Chidlow and Maylands.
Our class sizes are small, with specialist teachers and education assistants across all phases of the school. We provide a targeted, differentiated curriculum based on the Western Australian Curriculum and Abilities Based Learning Education, Western Australia (ABLEWA), combined with a rich social environment designed to meet the individual learning needs of each child. Learning goals are collaboratively established for each student based on individual needs and parent priorities at Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings.
Durham Road School is committed to ensuring every student has a robust communication system. Our fulltime Communication Coordinator works with classroom staff to meet the communication needs of every student. Teachers model communication strategies with students using PODD and students use a variety of high and low tech devises. The school is well resourced with three Eye gaze technology systems where students learn to use their eyes to activate the computer and engage with exploration, choice making and communication programs.
Each of our three playgrounds is safe and secure: equipped with trampolines, bikes, swings, sensory areas and play equipment that is accessible for all of our students and supports the development of play and fundamental movement skills. Secondary students also access fitness based programs in the gymnasium. Physical activity is promoted for all of our students with a heated swimming and hydrotherapy pool. Our qualified swimming teacher and dedicated pool assistants provide hydro sessions for students with high physical needs and swimming lessons for Early Years and Primary students.
Our Satellite program provides an inclusive environment for 40 students based at Embleton Primary School. These students are taught by our specialist staff and have the additional benefit of sharing playgrounds, library and other facilities with the mainstream school.
Secondary students prepare for life after school by engaging in a motivating, personalised curriculum as well as endorsed programs such as ASDAN and Workplace Learning. This enables our students to experience a variety of settings over the year in which to generalise the social and academic skills taught in classrooms.
We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant school community; please contact Principal Linda Lane to discuss the benefits of a Durham Road education for your child.