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The Aspect Hunter School

The Aspect Hunter School has provided specialised autism education for over 40 years across the Newcastle, Maitland, Lake Macquarie and Port Macquarie Local Government Areas. We provide educational services across a wide geographical area.

Our main campus is in Thornton and we have satellite classes in both NSW Department of Education and Catholic Schools at Tarro, Cardiff, Abermain, Waratah West and Port Macquarie.

Our school currently caters to over 160 students from 4 to 17 years. Aspect Hunter School uses the Aspect Comprehensive Approach to provide individualised education programs that understand, engage and celebrate strengths, interests and aspirations of people on the autism spectrum. The school holds regular pre-enrolment tours which include a presentation about Aspect and the Education program and a tour of the main school site.

Information Sessions

The school holds information sessions each term for parents/carers and service providers to give details of the range of services provided by Aspect in the Hunter region. These services include; therapy, early intervention, school-based programs, educational outreach and training and support across home and community.

Our Campuses & Satellite Classes

Distance Education Program

The Aspect Hunter School is seeking expressions of interest from families of children on the autism spectrum entering Years 3 – 6 in 2020, who might be interested in a new autism-specific Distance Education program being offered by the school next year.

This unique program is aimed at primary school children who are either geographically isolated and don’t have access to an appropriate school program, or have disengaged from traditional education programs due to individual circumstances.

This is the first time that an autism-specific Distance Education program has been offered through Aspect Schools, with limited places available for 2020.

The innovative program will provide an opportunity for students to learn from home via video conferencing technologies, print and writing.
Students will also be required to participate in 15 face to face days at the Aspect Hunter School in Thornton, NSW each year.

To learn more about the new Distance Education program, Aspect will be hosting a number of webinars on the following dates. To attend, click the button for the date you want to register for.

If you have any questions you can contact Craig Smith for more information:

Learn about the Hunter School


Aspect Hunter is registered and accredited by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority. The NSW curriculum is followed. Students are involved in a range of compulsory subjects complemented by electives through their junior and senior schooling. Each student will have an individualised program with relevant adjustments made to ensure positive learning opportunities. We utilise community based activities to assist students to generalise their learning experiences and the impact of their autism.


Our school uses technology in a range of ways to complement classroom learning. As with all components of our program this is individualised to the needs of students. We monitor very closely its use to ensure it is not the only means of delivering a program.

Positive Behaviour Support

The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach is used to support our students to regulate their behaviour. PBS understands that challenging behaviour occurs for a reason, and is communicating important information about what the individual needs, wants and how to support them. It is likely that the demands of the student's situation exceed their ability to cope positively. We focus on students’ strengths and special interests to motivate learning and celebrate the diversity and talents of our students.

School Tours

School tours are held regularly throughout the year. Please contact the school to learn more.

School Transport

For students who reside in NSW, families may be eligible for Transport Assistance for Students with Disabilities.


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Aspect Schools Prospectus

Learn more about Aspect's School program

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Hunter School - Annual Report 2018

Hunter School - Annual Report 2018

Aspect Comprehensive Approach

The Aspect Comprehensive Approach supports all areas of the child's development. With the support of their family and the child, teachers and professionals develop individual plans (IP). The IP highlights the learning style, techniques and supports most appropriate to the needs of the child and provides a positive learning environment that focuses on their strengths or interests.

Phone us to discuss how we can help you.

Call 1800 277 328

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