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Northern School for Autism

The Northern School of Autism strives to be a centre of excellence. Students are supported towards developing their personal and educational potential, so as to be valued contributors to family and community life.

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Pamela Mathieson


Principal's Welcome

I am very proud to be the principal of Northern School for Autism.

It gives me great delight to introduce our school to you. We have wonderful facilities and importantly fantastic teachers, allied health staff and education support staff who support the students in their learning across the school. Across the two campuses of NSA a dedicated team of 190 staff members provide autism specific educational programs, for 425 students from 5 to18 years of age. Each campus community is supported by a leadership team who oversees the implementation of the curriculum and daily operations of each campus.

The Reservoir Campus provides state of the art facilities for the Early and Middle Years’ students. The Later Years’ students attend the refurbished Lalor Campus, which is located close to transport, community services and shopping precincts.

In 2015 the school opened a satellite program at Norris Bank Primary School – students must be enrolled at NSA and complete their first year of education at the Reservoir Campus to be eligible to enter the satellite program.

The school’s approach to structured teaching was built using the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communications Handicapped Children) approach, which is an evidence-based program suitable for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders. Using this approach, teachers build on individual student strengths and skills to promote development. Aligned with this, the school developed a set of expected teaching and learning protocols to support greater school-wide consistency in approach.

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