A message from our Principal
Welcome to Aspect Vern Barnett School. We value each of our stakeholders within our community who help to make our school an open and collaborative environment for staff, families, students and supporters. At Aspect Vern Barnett School our students are celebrated for their strengths, interests and unique attributes.
A strong partnership is fostered with parents and it is through open communication that decisions are made about school activities and specific interventions regarding a child’s individual program.
Our teaching staff are dedicated to provide a stimulating curriculum whilst incorporating best evidence informed practice specific to autism. Programs are designed to motivate learning and engagement and each activity is differentiated to meet the student’s individual needs.
Students are encouraged to be the best version of themselves. Our goal is ensuring we support each student to become as independent as possible with a vision to establish skills for positive quality of life. Aspect focus on a person centred approach that underpins everything we do at Aspect Vern Barnett School.
We are proud of our school and the opportunities we provide for each enrolled student. Enrolment inquiries at all year levels are welcome at any time. Our executive team will assist families in navigating this process.
The Aspect Vern Barnett School
Aspect Vern Barnett School offers a range of services to support children on the autism spectrum and their families. It currently caters for approximately 121 students who are supported by a highly dedicated and knowledgeable staff.
Aspect Vern Barnett School was established in the 1970’s and was the first of the nine Aspect Schools. The school was established by its namesake Andrew Vern Barnett, who was driven by the need for an appropriate school to cater for his daughter, who was on the Autism Spectrum. Our school operates from our main site at Forestville which consists of an administration office and classes for primary and secondary students. The school also has satellite classes which are Aspect run and operated. They are located within a NSW Department of Education School at Lane Cove Public, and Catholic Primary Schools in Mona Vale, St Ives, Eastwood and Forestville.
Our specialised education program uses the Aspect Comprehensive Approach (ACA) to provide individualised programs that understand, engage and celebrate strengths, interests and aspirations of people on the autism spectrum. Class programs are delivered and supported by a team of teaching and non-teaching staff who continuously improve their knowledge and practice through ongoing professional learning and collaboration with colleagues.
Our Campuses & Satellite Classes
Learn about the Aspect Vern Barnett School
Aspect Vern Barnett School is registered and accredited by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA). Class programs align with the NSW curriculum with accommodations and adjustments made to meet individual needs and to ensure positive learning opportunities. Incorporating the students’ strengths and interests into their learning is an integral element of each class program. Each student also has an individualised plan which outlines their unique profile of strengths, difficulties and learning styles.
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.
Positive Behaviour Support
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a proactive whole of organisation approach which is an integral part of the school program. PBS understands that challenging behaviour occurs for a reason, and is communicating important information about what the individual needs, wants and how best to support them. PBS also uses evidence-informed practice and data-based decision making.
Parents and Friends Committee (P&F)
Aspect Vern Barnett has a Parent and Friends Committee that meets twice a term including some evening meetings to accommodate working families. The main focus of the P&F is to raise funds for the teaching resources and equipment for our school. P&F meetings are a great way for families to socialise and meet new people.
Information sessions are being held via Zoom until further notice. Please contact the school office on 02 9454 8359 for the details of the next information session. Prospective parents/carers and their support networks can find out more about the school during these sessions.
Students may be eligible for the Assisted School Travel Program provided by the NSW Department of Education. The program supports those eligible students who need transport assistance in order to attend school due to the nature of the student’s disability and the circumstances of the family.
Aspect School Prospectus 2020 Vern Barnett (Forestville)
Vern Barnett School 2019 Annual report final
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.