Throughout the following process you will be supported by a member of the DECD Support Services Team.

If your child has been recommended for a special school option during the year a visit to The Grove may be organised at that time.

At the start of Term 3 each year an Open Morning will be organised for prospective parents of preschool and school age children to visit The Grove to view the facilities for a start the following year.


Child is enrolled in a DECD preschool or school.

Families who have moved from interstate/overseas or are within the private system may contact Support Services directly.

Parent/carer discusses learning needs of the child with site staff.

Outcome of discussions results in referral to DECD Psychologist for assessment.

The DECD Psychologist reviews and/or assesses the child’s learning needs to determine the most appropriate educational option. The recommendation may be for a special class, disability unit or special school.

School and support services staff prepare the relevant information to be placed in a package that will support the child’s application for a placement within a special class, disability unit or special school.

The placement panel meets to consider all of the information from all applicants within the process.

Parents/carers are advised of the outcome if an offer of placement or notification of no available placement.

Parent/carer involved with support services and school staff in planning for transition to school.