About the project
We built a new specialist school in Endeavour Hills. It opened in 2022 and helps the growing local population get great education close to home. This school provides educational programs for students with disability and high needs who have autism or an intellectual disability ranging from mild to profound. The school welcomes students aged from 5 to 18.
Susan Coull was appointed as the first principal of the school.
Endeavour Hills Specialist School was chosen as the school name following community consultation. We consulted with the community on the School's name from 11 June to 25 June 2021. The school is named after the suburb it is located in.
The school has the following facilities:
- two early years learning neighbourhoods
- two middle years learning neighbourhoods
- a senior years learning neighbourhood
- community hub building with a competition-grade gymnasium
- administration building
- an outdoor play full-sized court
- three outdoor play half-sized courts
- a Victoria Federation-sized soccer pitch
- car parking
- bus turning circle and connected bus shelter
- dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone
- four mini-bus parking bays.
The administration building has space for administration, library and staff facilities, with opportunity for the school to facilitate staff training and conferences.
The community hub building includes a competition-grade physical education gymnasium and associated amenities, a fitness area, space for performing music and art, a multi-purpose space, a food preparation kitchen and dining, and student and staff amenities.
The landscaping of the school encompasses a series of outdoor learning areas and play spaces connected with each learning community building, offering a diverse range of activities, including half-sized hardcourts. Elsewhere on the site are a full-size hardcourt and a sports oval.
Each learning neighbourhood includes two specialist spaces: a dry lab and a wet lab. The dry lab supports media and communications, drama and physical activities. The wet lab is for art, science, home-craft and technology studies.
In the 2018–19 State Budget, $17.2 million was allocated to schools across the State for planning. This includes funding for the school.
In 2020, the school shared in $438.6 million of funding for new schools.
Reviewed 28 September 2023