The school provides quality education, for six face-to-face classes and eleven distance education classes for students P-12. Four classes provide learning and support for students K-12 who present with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and complex medical conditions. Two face-to-face classes within an Autism Support Unit (ASU) supporting young people K-6 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The eleven distance education classes are within the Distance Education Support Unit (DESU) for students with a Disability Confirmation of either mild, moderate or severe intellectual disability P-12 who are eligible for enrolment in alignment with the DE Enrollment Procedures. The student population presents with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, complex medical conditions, sensory impairment, emotional/behaviour disorders and/ or an ASD. Students attending SEWS may present with multiple disabilities. SEWS’ face-to-face enrolments are predominantly from the northern region of Sydney; its distance education students are state-wide NSW. The student population comes from a diverse range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
Whilst the school does not enrol students directly it can provide families with enrolment information and forms. The Macquarie Park Network placement panel meets twice termly to discuss applications. Parents will receive a letter after a placement panel meeting offering them a place for their child in the most suitable educational setting. DESU students will enrol through their local network and Macquarie Park Network placement panels. Students enrolled in SEWS are reviewed annually to assess the suitablity of their placement at the school. These reviews are also a great opportunity to identify further learning and support needs.