Castlereagh School (6030)

School Overview



Castlereagh School is a purpose-built education support school which takes pride in motivating children and young adults aged four to 18 in a vibrant, nurturing, educational environment.

Our school is committed to assisting students in being the best they can be, in all they do. We strive to ensure all students have access to the best teachers, education support staff, resources and facilities to enable them to develop into happy, active and purposeful members of their community. Our high staff to student ratio enables all class and specialist teachers to provide students with rigorous, meaningful and engaging experiences; which encourages every student to learn and grow.

Located in Willetton, Castlereagh promotes the dignity of each student and respects the diversity of students and their families, recognising their culture, language, practices, values and beliefs. Our positive culture and sense of community encourage strong relationships with parents, families, therapists and the broader community, ensuring our students have access to all the supports they require in their learning.

All our students have complex communication needs and our programs are planned to provide every opportunity for active student engagement in a literacy and communication rich learning environment. We foster academic skills through the Western Australian Curriculum and place a great value on literacy and communication, everyday living, digital literacy, enterprise and social skills, encouraging our students to be as independent as possible.

Castlereagh implements a Balanced Literacy approach with daily Literacy Block sessions of Guided & Shared Reading, Writing, Self-Selected Reading and Working with Words, Letters and Sounds. In supporting communication for all, we are a multi-modal Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) school.

Our nine classes are divided into clusters to ensure each child and young adult is supported on their educational journey and into adult life. The classroom learning is complemented by a vast range of programs both at school and in the community giving each student the best chance to learn, be engaged and active in their learning, including the Stephanie Alexander Garden Program, WasteWise, Animal care (chickens), the Big Plan (person-centred planning), a seamless transition program from school to adult life and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) endorsed ASDAN Programs.

The staff members of the school are committed, experienced and well qualified to ensure each student's learning program is tailored to the needs of the student. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed in partnership with parents/families and provides the direction for the program offered.

We have a health centre on site with two enrolled nurses to support students with their health and medical needs. Swimming instructors design and implement individual swimming programs for all students in our heated swimming centre. A purpose built 4 x 2 bedroom house onsite provides opportunities for students to develop their everyday living skills and to access the Garden Cafe as part of their enterprise and work skill development.

The school's Garden Cafe Cafe hosts morning coffee (made by students) for parents wishing to chat after dropping their children at school and is booked for regular parent/family information sessions by community groups.

Castlereagh School is the home of the ASDAN WA State Coordinator and Moderator, Ms Jacqueline Burns, Principal, and the ASDAN WA Consultant Teacher and Trainer Mrs Julie Allsopp, Head of Curriculum. All students Year 7-12 engage with the project based SCSA Endorsed ASDAN Programs.

As part of the Willetton Education Precinct, Castlereagh has a strong relationship with Burrendah Primary School and Willetton Senior High School providing cross-campus opportunities for students and staff.

Castlereagh School welcomes parents and families to contact the school to arrange a tour and to discuss your child's individual educational needs.