Special school needs new site

Wangaratta District Specialist School principal Libby Hosking.

WANGARATTA District Specialist School is rapidly outgrowing its Appin Street site.

Principal Libby Hosking said enrolment at the school, which has been based in its current location for almost 30 years, had increased by 25 per cent over the last two to three years.

“The school started with nine students in 1986, and our enrolment is now 113,” Ms Hosking said.

“This year alone we have had 21 new enrolments, which is a large number for us, as our largest class size is about 10.”

Ms Hosking said the increase was due to a range of factors, including Victoria’s population growth, the school’s large catchment area (which includes Wahgunyah, Harrietville and Molyullah), improvements in early diagnosis, and the quality education offered at the Wangaratta school by 44 staff.

“We offer an education for children based on life skills, as well as reading and writing,” she said.

“We provide a really important service.”

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