The Glenleighden School

Glenleighden was established in 1979 and since opening its doors has supported more than 2000 students to achieve their goals.

Our school provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary programs through a combination of teaching and therapy to prepare your child for the next stage of their educational journey.

Classes are small and delivered in a structured setting with attention given to individual learning needs. The students’ emotional well-being is also prioritised throughout the entire program.

Our specialised team comprises teachers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, music therapist, psychologist, counsellor, chaplain and school assistants. We teach children through modes that are engaging and effective for students with speech, language and related disorders.

Teachers implement the Australian Curriculum with educational adjustments to support each student’s academic achievement. Therapists provide group based intervention targeting skills underpinning the curriculum, as well as addressing barriers to participation in everyday life.

We look forward to working with you to help your child find their voice.

View The Glenleighden School Prospectus.

  • Speech & Language Development Australia (SALDA) prides itself on the quality and diversity of its multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach to service provision, reflected in all services and particularly exemplified in The Glenleighden School team. A Welcome from the Executive Principal For over forty years, The Glenleighden School has provided…

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  • The Glenleighden School curriculum involves implementation of the Australian Curriculum with the integration of multidisciplinary perspectives on intervention, including specialist teaching, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, music therapy and well-being support through a school counsellor and psychologist. Education involves specialist teaching methods and management approaches based on a detailed…

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  • The Glenleighden School offers a unique approach to therapeutic intervention embedded within the Australian Curriculum. The multidisciplinary team consists of speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, music therapist, psychologist, counsellor and chaplain. Upon enrolment, the therapy team assesses the student’s needs to inform the development of their individualised plan….

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  • The Glenleighden School provides a specialised program to meet the learning needs of children with a disability for whom language is their primary barrier to accessing curriculum. We cater for students from prep to year 12 and welcome applicants for all of these levels.  We are happy to take…

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  • Is there a catchment area? No, The Glenleighden School does not have a defined catchment zone.   HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY CHILD TO ENROL AT GLENLEIGHDEN? The best way to enquire about enrolments or find out more about The Glenleighden School is to fill out the enquiry…

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  • Here you can get up to date on the latest school news and learn more about the many exciting initiatives students, staff and families are undertaking each week.

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  • Welcome to the parent area of our website. Here you will find important forms, policies and information relating to our school uniform. We also invite you to learn more about our hard working Parents, Staff & Friends (PS&F) committee.

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Our School

The Glenleighden School was established in 1979 and is operated by Speech & Language Development Australia. Our specialised school is located in Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane’s western suburbs catering specifically for children with language, communication and related disorders and is the only facility of its kind in Australia. The school caters for children from prep through to secondary school and provides an intensive multidisciplinary program, which is highly individualised to address the student’s developmental and learning needs. There are four distinct levels in the school, Early Childhood, Junior School, Middle School and Senior School. The Glenleighden School uses a model of integrated, specialist service and constantly aims to be a ‘centre of excellence’ in this field of disability. Situated in a quiet bush setting, Glenleighden resembles a small, friendly country school. This is very important for the students who can be overwhelmed in a mainstream school environment where they feel ‘different’ and where their language, learning and social needs cannot always be comprehensively addressed. The aim of Glenleighden is to prepare students wherever possible to return to mainstream schools. Intensive attention is given to social education, as well as academic and therapy needs. The school’s philosophy is committed to supporting children and young people for whom language is their primary disorder. We believe that nurturing the holistic wellbeing and individuality of our students will see them flourish and our unique combination of teaching and therapy enables every student to achieve their personal potential.



We put the interests of others above our own and actively seek out opportunities to help.


We love what we do and show this through our enthusiasm, energy and positive mindset.


We have high expectations of ourselves and each other, and continually strive to be better tomorrow than we were today.


We accept responsibility, do what is expected of us and are answerable to each other.


We are friendly, generous and considerate in everything we do.


We deliberately enable others, develop their agency and voice, and are committed to their success.


We show through our everyday actions that we value others as unique individuals, entitled to our high regard and dignity; honouring their difference and contribution.

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Our partners

  • Non Schools Organisation
  • QLD Government
  • Independent Schools QLD
  • Griffith University