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Welcome to North West Support School

North West Support School, operating in Burnie and Devonport, offers comprehensive individual learning for students at all stages of learning. We are absolutely committed to the provision of high quality educational experiences for students in a safe, caring and respectful environment.

NWSS is a nurturing and supportive environment whereby students are valued and supported to participate fully in the classroom and specialist activities from kindergarten through to TASC run year 11 & 12.  Families whose students are diagnosed with moderate to severe disabilities including, syndromes, autism, intellectual disability and multiple impairments involving physical, vision and hearing impairment are welcome to seek placement for their child.

Children at our Support School are offered individualised learning programs which combine multi-disciplinary approaches with the aim of students achieving their personal best through authentic and relevant learning experiences aimed at developing and enhancing academic skills, social competencies, and daily living and recreational skills.

Members of staff have an extensive range of experience and expertise in the provision of programs for students with diverse disabilities. They work as a transdisciplinary team which includes teachers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Social Worker, School Psychologist and a Registered Nurse. Our Education Support Staff provide classroom and program assistance to support the implementation of targeted therapy programs. All rooms have a minimum of two Teacher Assistants to provide targeted support for classroom and therapy programs. The high staff to student ratio is a key to students being active learners. The targeting of resources, particularly human resources, require constant evaluation to ensure student safety and active participation in programs is maintained. 

Our collective goal is to pursue excellence across our school community within a culture of continuous improvement. We deliberately plan to provide opportunities for all students to be the best they can be. We have uniformity of purpose and a common direction in which to work as detailed in our current Strategic Plan. We work in teams and offer programs that meet the personal needs of our students and we value all members of our learning community. We share the responsibility and care for all children enrolled at our school.

Community partnerships are important to us and we make a deliberate choice to foster strong community partnerships with key stakeholders, NDIS providers and local mainstream schools.

The ‘one school – two campuses’ is promoted by the Department of Education as an educational facility that clearly embodies and actively addresses a shared set of beliefs based on social justice and inclusive values; our four school values are : We are Safe, We are Learners, We are Respectful and We do our Best. 

Our staff and students strive to embed these values in their work, their interactions and their engagement in programs and activities. We firmly believe that every student in our school has the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential and our commitment to these values supports us in working towards this outcome.

If you would like to learn more about our school or discuss a placement for your child please contact our school office.

Sarah-Jane Murphy