Established in 1962, Belmore School is a specialist school catering for students who have a physical disability and/or significant health impairment requiring paramedical support. Students have a wide range of intellectual abilities and some have multiple disabilities and complex needs. All students are funded under the Program for Students with Disabilities. Located in Stroud Street Balwyn with a frontage on Belmore Road, Belmore School caters for students aged 5 to 18 years from a wide geographical area and a diverse socio-economic background from the north east quadrant of metropolitan Melbourne.
Belmore School has a highly qualified and extremely experienced teaching team passionate about providing an optimum learning environment for our students. Supported by small class sizes and an extensive education support team, teachers are able to provide innovation and best practice in teaching and learning to enable each student to achieve their full potential. This comprehensive educational team is supplemented by highly skilled therapy staff contracted through Yooralla including physiotherapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, therapy assistants and an equipment officer. Our staff are committed to delivering high quality learning programs through a multidisciplinary approach. Additional support programs are provided by a music therapist, dance therapist, school nurse, psychologist, social worker and eLearning co-ordinator. An attendant care team supports the personal care requirements of students in a sensitive manner in private, well-resourced facilities.
Belmore School provides a comprehensive curriculum to develop each student intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally, while maximising independence in functional activities of daily living. All students have individual learning plans based upon the AusVELS curriculum designed to enable them to reach their full potential. Our curriculum emphasises developing communication skills, extending physical ability and encouraging independence through the domains of English, Maths, Health and Physical Education and Personal and Interpersonal Learning. In addition extensive specialist and integrated studies programs ensure all students are provided with optimal learning opportunities across all curriculum domains. All educational programs are adapted to meet each student’s readiness for learning and their individual goals established in conjunction with their parents through a formalised student support group process.
An extensive transition program is individually tailored to support new students enrolling into Belmore School. Enrolment enquires are considered throughout the year and we endeavour to ensure a placement can be offered when requested. A number of students are dual enrolled at their local mainstream school to maintain a connection with their local community with Belmore School being highly regarded for the support of these placements and the information shared through regular student support group meetings to sustain their success. Our senior secondary students and their parents are supported to make an informed decision regarding their choice of post school program to ensure that they continue to experience success following their graduation from Belmore School.
Belmore School values our partnerships with parents, carers, volunteers and our local community and strive to foster strong links with medical and allied health professionals to enrich our students learning opportunities. We proudly acknowledge our ability and passion to embed best practice in specialist education throughout our school and accept the responsibility for sharing our expertise through the provision of a range of professional learning opportunities for professionals, parents and students.
Our core values of opportunity, learning, teamwork, excellence and respect underpin all that we do.