Welcome to Aspley Special School’s website. Our school moto is always ‘learning for life’.
At Aspley Special School we provide educational programs for over 100 students aged between 11 and 18 years of age with intellectual disability. About forty-five percent of students have an additional disability (autism spectrum disorder, physical, vision, speech-language and/or hearing impairments) with twenty percent having multiple impairments.
Many of our students require additional support for specialised health requirements and complex communication needs. 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 70 staff comprising teachers, teacher aides, therapists, specialists, office staff, chaplain and ancillary team members.
The school is unique in that it is the only special school in the Brisbane City Council area that provides programs for only 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 possible.
Aspley Special School is a leader in the provision of senior schooling programs for students with disability. This reputation has been built on our award winning 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 the Department of Education's highest accolade, a Showcase Award in the category of 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 (Years 10 to 12 or 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.
Aspley Special School has a range of specific facilities that support our students' learning. Some of these facilities are only available at Aspley Special School.
As you read our website, you will be amazed at the wonderful facilities and programs that we offer our students. Please don’t hesitate to make contact with us, if you would like to know more about the school.