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Students with additional needs

Heatley State School operates the largest Special Education Programs (SEP) for students with a disability in the North Queensland region. There are over 90 students in the program who receive various levels of support with in classrooms and/or support with in other specialised environments located on the school site.

It must be noted that as we are now an enrolment managed school and we must follow the requirements of this process. Parents who live within our catchment will be able to enrol their students, however those who live outside our catchment may not be eligible or may have to go on a wait list. Learn more about our enrolment management plan.

Who is it for?

At Heatley State School we are committed to supporting children with additional needs including:

  • students diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Speech Language Impairment, Physical Impairment, Vision Impairment, Hearing Impairment and Multiple Impairments
  • students with learning disabilities and learning difficulties
  • students with significant educational support needs.

What is the purpose?

The Special Education Program is aimed at enabling each student to access the curriculum and achieve their learning potential.  The program provides relevant educational adjustments tailored to meet individual students’ needs. 

How does it work?


The program provides a range of different types of support depending on the needs of the student including:

  • modified programs delivered in a small group setting
  • alternative programs delivered in a small group or individual setting
  • in class support
  • adjustment of resources
  • access to therapists (including Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Therapists and Physiotherapists)