We looked at a range of schools for our son who has multiple disabilities. Belmore School stood out to us as somewhere he would be safe, valued, celebrated and supported to learn and reach his full potential.
We chose Belmore School for many reasons – dedicated and caring teachers and education support staff, small class sizes, qualified nurses and therapists employed by the school, hydrotherapy pool, sensory room, personalised learning programs to suit ability while meeting the Victorian curriculum requirements, world leading learning programs and exceptional advancement in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – just to name a few.
We certainly made the right decision and have seen our son learn and achieve great results and milestones. He has always looked forward to going to Belmore School each day and has grown into a confident young man. After almost 13 years at Belmore School, he will graduate at the end of this year. We are incredibly proud of him and have no doubt the wonderful and dedicated school staff, at every level, have all contributed and are a big part of the reason he has achieved so much.
Brenton Carey, Sharon Shelley, Paul Schembri and Kate Eddy
Lucy and I love this school. All the staff are very kind and friendly,
Thank you, Shuping
Belmore School is empathetic, friendly, compassionate, flexible, understanding and has beautiful staff.
A parents perspective…
It was an agonising decision – which school would be best for Jed? After seeing many schools both mainstream an specialist, we chose Belmore School and since his first day at school I have never once regretted it.
I decided a specialist school was the better option, compared to mainstream because of a number of factors. Foremost was my wish to see Jed believe in himself just the way he is – different but primarily kind, loving an funny. I wanted him to experience being understood not by one person (such as an aide) but by an entire school community. Through the experience of being collectively understood I knew a sense of belonging would develop. If you belong you thrive. If you thrive you learn and that is exactly what Jed has done.
I have come to accept that Jed will always need help with learning and everyday life. It gives me hope that with a school and family acceptance that he will continue to believe what I tell him every morning. ‘You are perfect just the way you are’ and from that belief in self he will go on to meet the unknown challenges ahead….
I love that I can send Hannah to school knowing that her medical needs are being met at the same time as her educational need.
The small class sizes has meant that Hannah can experience the true meaning of an individual learning plan.
Hannah struggled to learn at the pace of her mainstream peers for the first two years of primary school but we have now found a great balance of 3 day at Belmore School and 2 days at the local mainstream school. Hannah is more relaxed without the pressure to keep up.
Having both the educational needs and the physical needs being met at school (teachers and allied health working together) has given us more relaxed time together as a family rather than having to always rush to after school appointments.
It was very hard looking for a school for Megan. Although logically we knew she was disabled, it made it seem all the more real when investigating special schools.
Right from the start Belmore School staff made us feel welcome and their dedication to the wellbeing of the students was very evident.
Megan’s individual needs were looked at and catered for. She was helped in all aspects to make her the most capable, confident and happy person she could be.
I would highly recommend Belmore School, if you want an amazing environment, extremely capable and loving staff and the best possible outcome for your child.