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Principal's welcome


 At the beginning of 2018, Aspley Special School will provide educational programs for close to 100 students aged between 11 and 18 years of age with intellectual impairment and additional disability. About forty-five percent of students have an additional disability (autism spectrum disorder, physical, vision and/or hearing impairments) with twenty percent having multiple impairments.

Many students require additional support for specialised health requirements and complex challenging behaviours. As a result, our students require the highest level of support and adjustments to access the curriculum. To provide this our school has in excess of 60 staff comprising teachers, teacher aides, therapists, specialists, office staff, chaplain and ancillary team members.

Aspley Special School is located within the Metropolitan region of the Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET). The student catchment area is geographically very large, spreading from the inner city to Eatons Hill, Sandgate and Bracken Ridge.
The school is unique in that it is one of only two special schools in Queensland that provides programs only for secondary aged students with disability. This uniqueness has enabled the school to develop and maintain a focus on learning experiences tailored to preparing students for post-school life. As such, all programs are centred on ensuring students are ready to transition into the broader community as independently as their capability enables.
  Aspley Special School is a leader in the provision of senior schooling programs for students with disability.  This reputation has been built on our famous recycling and hospitality programs. In recent years it is also a result of our focus on the Australian Curriculum, innovative model of service delivery and expansion of our program offerings.  We have been recognised with numerous educational and community awards including DET’s highest accolade, a Showcase Award (Senior Schooling).
All students are encouraged to become as independent as possible. Each student has an Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP) or Senior Education and Training (SET) plan that identifies priority learning goals which are negotiated by the staff, in consultation with parents, caregivers and a range of people from external agencies as appropriate.  In the Senior School (year 10-12 equivalent) students also have a student driven, aspirational Planning Alternate Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) plan.  All aspects of each student’s plans are focused on developing the skills required for post-school life.
The school logo is the Sacred Kingfisher and our school colours are royal blue and light blue.

Our school vision is:

‘For our students to extend their ability and readiness to engage in personally meaningful life activities as content, valued members of the broader community.’

This vision is underpinned by our school motto ‘Learning for Life’.



Welcome to our website and to our wonderful school.




Kind regards

Chesleigh Hargreaves