Burbridge School (6031)

School Overview

At Burbridge School, our specialist team of education support teachers and education assistants provide diverse, innovative and specifically tailored learning programs for students in Kindergarten to Year 12 with special needs. Situated 15 km north of Perth in Koondoola, the school shares a site with the Koondoola Primary School. We also have a satellite class in the primary school which provides opportunities for students of both schools to engage in inclusive learning programs.

Our teaching programs are specifically designed to cater for the individual needs of every student. A high staff to student ratio in each classroom ensures our students enjoy a great degree of individual tuition, support and care. Specialist education support teachers use their knowledge and expertise to deliver individualized, relevant and meaningful curriculum that reflects specific student needs and develops the potential of every student. Qualified education assistants support learning in the classroom and local community and ensure students receive appropriate care. On-site nurses provide support and care for any students with medical needs.

We encourage all of our students to develop independence and the communication, social and personal competence required to become confident learners. Our specialist primary teachers engage students in learning programs that develop early learning, literacy and numeracy skills and social, communication and independent living skills. Learning in the secondary years is focused around the development of functional literacy, numeracy and communication and students further develop independent living and social skills through community access programs. Our upper secondary students prepare for life after school by engaging in a motivating, personalized curriculum that targets learning in career development, independent living and leisure and recreation. Students with physical need benefit from a specially designed program that supports the development of functional movement and mobility.

Burbridge School has a strong ethos of being an inviting, supportive and caring community that sees every child as a unique individual with the potential to learn and achieve. Students are recognized and rewarded for both their efforts and accomplishments. A positive behaviour support philosophy underpins all teaching allowing students to develop self-regulation skills and personal and social competence.

Students benefit from the purpose-built, specialist facilities at Burbridge School including our hydrotherapy and swimming pool, gymnasium, enterprise gardens, library, medical centre, kitchen with both regular and switch adapted appliances, computer lab and two well-equipped, fenced playgrounds with trampolines and play equipment that is accessible to all students. A recently upgraded light and dark multi-sensory room provides an engaging and motivating learning environment for all students but particularly also caters for students with sensory and vision needs. A dedicated life skills centre simulates the home environment and students learn the independent living skills to become self-confident and competent adults.