Smithfield Public School

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Applying for a Support Class

Specialist support classes in mainstream schools

Specialist support classes located in some mainstream primary schools, high school and central schools across NSW are available for students with moderate to high learning and support needs - as defined by the Department's disability criteria.

Specialist support classes cater for students with moderate to high learning and support needs including students with:

  • intellectual disability
  • mental health issues
  • autism
  • physical disability
  • sensory impairment
  • behaviour disorders.

Placements and review

Applications for placement are through the Access Request process. An Access Request is arranged by the school learning and support team at the local public school.

A student is offered enrolment in a specialist support class in mainstream school through a placement panel process. A student's eligibility is determined through the Department's disability criteria as well as the availability of a place in an appropriate specialist support class.

Enrolment arrangements for students with disability and additional learning and support needs are the same as for all students. To get information about enrolment, parents and carers can visit the local public school.

Enrolling in a NSW public school

Parents and carers can contact their local public school or local School Services teams for enrolment advice. Local teams can be contacted on 131 536 and calls can be made from anywhere in NSW.