What is a full-service school?

A full-service school, in the context of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), is a mainstream school that has been adapted to cater to a wider range of learning needs, including those of learners with disabilities and special educational needs. The aim of full-service schools is to promote inclusive education by ensuring that all learners, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, have access to a high-quality education within their local communities.


Key Features of a Full-Service School:


  1. Inclusivity: Full-service schools accommodate learners with diverse needs, ensuring that they can participate fully in all school activities.


  2. Support Services: These schools provide additional support services such as special education support, counseling, and therapeutic services to assist learners with special needs.


  3. Adapted Infrastructure: Full-service schools have adapted infrastructure, including accessible classrooms, bathrooms, and recreational areas, to ensure physical access for learners with disabilities.


  4. Specialized Training for Educators: Educators in full-service schools receive specialized training to equip them with the skills and knowledge to effectively teach and support learners with diverse needs.


  5. Collaborative Approach: These schools often work closely with other educational institutions, specialists, and the community to provide a comprehensive support system for learners.


  6. Individualized Education Plans (IEPs): Learners with special needs typically have individualized education plans that outline specific learning goals, accommodations, and support services tailored to their unique needs.


Goals of Full-Service Schools:

  • To provide equitable access to education for all learners.
  • To foster an inclusive school environment that respects and values diversity.
  • To support the academic, social, and emotional development of all learners.
  • To reduce barriers to learning and participation.


In the WCED context, full-service schools are part of the broader strategy to promote inclusive education and ensure that all learners can achieve their full potential within the mainstream education system.

Our Full Service Team

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Felicity Benjamin

Learning Support Teacher

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Learning Support Teacher's Assistant