Katandra School, formally Ormond Special School, was established in 1959 in what was the old Kilvington Baptist Grammar School. Katandra School is part of the Government school sector. The school is located in the South Eastern Victorian Region and serves a wide geographical area that incorporates the cities of Glen Eira, Bayside, Kingston, Port Philip and Monash.

Katandra School invites a community atmosphere, with an inclusive and positive learning environment. At Katandra we have proud tradition in providing excellence in special education for students with additional learning needs and maximise every learning opportunity to shape our students’ future through high quality, values enriched through teaching and learning.

As a Victorian Government Specialist Primary School, Katandra School has a clear vision and purpose. The school is renowned for fostering student excellence with the support and involvement of our learning community.

At Katandra, the school community works together to ensure every child has a positive, happy and rewarding school experience. Parents and teachers are genuine partners in the learning process, ensuring students are encouraged to participate, to strive to achieve their best, to be considerate and supportive of others, to be independent and to value the pursuit of knowledge.

The school attracts and retains an experienced, caring and innovative staff who work to provide a range of high quality learning opportunities to stimulate and challenge the individual needs and talents of their students. This is done within a collaborative culture, creating a strong sense of community and team spirit.

At Katandra School, our challenge is to target key indicators which define what it is to be a truly successful learner, a learner who not only achieves their own individual potential, but who is deemed successful within the context of his/her area of talent. To achieve this we focus on providing our students with access to a broad range of learning opportunities that respond to the diversity of their individual needs and abilities. We believe these opportunities will continue to evolve through the commitment of our dedicated staff.

We are confident our focus on individual needs and abilities will be achieved through maintaining strong partnerships with parents, allied health professionals and the wider community. This, in turn, provides a comprehensive approach to challenging our students to achieve their best and build self-confidence in their personal abilities. This holistic approach of building the foundations of academic, physical, social and emotional learning capabilities of our students, reflects our school’s ethos.

Students are eligible to attend Katandra School if they meet the criteria for the Program for Students with Disabilities- Intellectual Disability. Once eligibility has been established, students who live within our designated zone have access to free bus travel to and from school.