Special school leader appointed

Recent works at the under-construction Endeavour Hills Specialist School. 237281_04 Picture: GARY SISSONS


A principal has been appointed for the upcoming specialist school in Endeavour Hills.

Susan Coull has more than 30 years’ experience in working with children with disabilities.

She has led three specialist schools, most recently as principal at the Currajong School in Malvern East.

Ms Coull has a Master’s degree in special education, and trained as a music therapist.

Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams said Ms Coull’s appointment ensured a “great leader for a a fantastic new school that will meet the additional needs of students with disabilities in the area”.

Narre Warren North MP Luke Donnellan said the Government was ensuring “students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances”.

The new school – with an interim name Endeavour Hills Specialist School – will cater for up to 288 students from Prep to Year 12 with autism or a range of intellectual disabilities.

The school will create separate community buildings for early years, middle school and senior students.

Students with medium to high care needs will be supported with a separate kitchen, small learning space and fully assisted toilet in each building.

Specialist spaces will cater for media, communications, drama, physical activities, art, science, craft and technology studies.

Middle and senior students will have a dedicated life skills space.

The school is expected to open in 2022.