DUNCRAIG Secondary Education Support Centre (DSESC) will relocate to Warwick in mid-2018 and become West Coast Secondary Education Support Centre.
Principal Carol Clarke said the centre had shared a site with Duncraig Senior High School since it opened in 2004 and both had experienced significant growth in student numbers.
“There have been accommodation pressures, which have resulted in many students at the centre being housed in transportable classrooms and having limited access to specialist facilities and integration,” she said.
“To alleviate these issues, the Education Department decided to relocate DSESC to the same site as Warwick Senior High School mid-2018.
“As part of this relocation DSESC will be renamed West Coast SESC from January.
“As student numbers at Warwick SHS are slightly lower than at Duncraig SHS, the move will allow WCSESC students to achieve better access to school facilities and give them more opportunities for integrated classes with mainstream students.
“There will also be permanent classrooms for the students and dedicated therapy areas as well as a purpose built administration block.”
Mrs Clarke said the department had installed heaters in the swimming pool at the Warwick site, which would enable students with disabilities to access the facility.
“However, there are no change facilities or toilets there at the moment and the pool is open to the elements and so WCSESC will be looking for opportunities to apply for grants – or for a generous sponsor,” she said.
“While the relocation to a different school site will be difficult and be stressful for our students, DSESC will provide support to the school community, through a well planned and executed transition program.
“We believe that the move will be extremely positive for students and staff alike and are excited about the prospect of a new start.”