Welcome to Nelson Park School – a community of Life-long Learners.

I am both extremely proud and privileged to be Principal of such a wonderful learning community. Nelson Park School is a Prep to Year 12 Special School for students diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability (IQ between 50 -70).

The school has a current enrolment of 300 students and 100 dedicated and passionate staff who implement a wide range of challenging, age appropriate and exciting programs based on the Victorian curriculum. Teaching and Educational Support staff work alongside Therapists and Wellbeing Officers to ensure that programs are individually tailored to meet the diverse needs of each student.

Nelson Park also acknowledges the importance of families in the educative process and the school works positively to develop parents as learning partners. Four values strongly underpin the ways in which members of the school work together and are the foundation for our school rules:

  • Learning and Effort – Try your best
  • Co-operation – Good choices
  • Community – Care for school
  • Respect – Yourself and others

I hope you enjoy finding out more about our school community through our website.


Life-long Learners


At Nelson Park School we hold the care, safety and well being of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our school. Our commitment is drawn from our school philosophy, mission and values.

Nelson Park School is dedicated to the development of each student’s intellectual, social and emotional growth. Our primary focus is to enable students to discover their strengths and develop the confidence and skills needed to fulfill their educational and personal potential, both now and into the future. This means engaging families and the wider community as learning partners in the provision of a diverse, evolving curriculum that inspires passion, supports personal growth and equips students with essential life skills. We empower students to become confident and adaptable life-long learners who are ready to build positive, purposeful futures.

Mrs Libby Gatgens
Nelson Park School Principal


Acknowledgement of Country

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.