Whole School Overview

East Gippsland Specialist School is located in the regional city of Bairnsdale, 280 km East of Melbourne. The school catchment covers all of East Gippsland with students travelling from as far as Orbost to attend school each day.

To be eligible to attend EGSS students need to be in receipt of funding under the Department of Education and Training Program for Students with Disability (PSD) category of Intellectual Disability. Students also require a current cognitive assessment with an IQ below 70.

The East Gippsland Specialist School provides a comprehensive and innovative curriculum for primary and secondary students with intellectual disabilities. The school recognises that our students require additional resources and individual and innovative support to enable them to succeed.

The school encourages a supportive environment where teamwork between members of the school community is paramount to foster an environment of ability where every student fulfills their full potential. Our belief that every student can achieve is fostered in a strengths based, stimulating, caring and secure atmosphere.

Students are taught in small groups and are supported by a multi-disciplinary team including teachers, assistants, allied health professionals and other specialists. The school is committed to providing a progressive, stimulating and safe school environment that takes into account sound management practices, good communication between all members of the school community, best practice in delivering the curriculum and innovative community partnerships.