About Us

Situated in the heart of the townships, Khayelitsha Special School is an establishment that dedicates itself to accommodating children with multiple disabilities. These children, primarily intellectually disabled and hampered by learning disabilities, often have secondary problems such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and developmental delays.

The school that opened its doors for the first time in January 2002, has 400 learners ranging from 6 to 18 years. There are 23 classes in the school.

The staff includes educators, teacher assistants, administrative staff and onsite support services for example, a school counselor, registered nurse, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, and a speech therapist.



To empower learners to rise above their challenges through offering a high and valued support service.



• Encouraging teamwork and strong leadership.

• Equipping educators with relevant skills for the learner’s needs and challenges.

• Offering diverse skills for the learners.

• Providing relevant and appropriate skills that will make the learners self-sufficient.

• Marketing the school very well.

• Involving the school community.

• Providing suitable and relevant facilities to meet the learner’s needs and challenges.

• Providing the environment that is safe, secure and conducive to the needs and challenges of

the learners.



Khayelitsha Special School was opened by the Western Cape Education Department in January 2002. Since then it has occupied the premises previously used by a primary school in Makabeni Street, A-section, Khayelitsha.

The school was opened to cater for learners with intellectual impairement and children whose needs could not be met in a conventional school. Initially when the school opened it had 3 streams: the LSEN unit classes, the senior phase, and the SID (severe intellectual disability) stream.

Currently our school has 400 learners which all follow one stream, the SID stream.