Individualised Education

Biala School was founded in 1969 in response to a growing demand from parents to provide better educational opportunities for their child with a disability. Originally located within the Lighthouse Beach Surf Club in Ballina, the school relocated to our current site on Fox Street, Ballina from 1973.

We have a proud history of providing tailored and individualised education to students with a wide variety of disabilities from pre-kindergarten to Year 12 (age 4-18 years).

Our school is a unique learning environment that caters for the needs of students who find a mainstream learning environment difficult because of their neuro-developmental needs.

Our student population consists of young people with physical needs as well as students with intellectual disabilities and autism. All of our students require an extensive level of educational support and intervention.

This support provided to students at Biala is targeted, highly individualised and ongoing. Typical adjustments made to the regular educational program may include:

  • intensive, individualised instruction or support for all courses, curricula and activities.
  • planned, highly specialised and/or intensive health, personal care and/or safety support or intervention enabling access to learning through:
    • specialised equipment
    • specific planning for access to activities or facilities
    • closely monitored playground supervision
    •  modified classroom and/or school environments
    •  provision of specialist advice on a regular basis
    • extensive support from specialist school staff

Term Dates 2023

Term 1 : Monday 30thJanuary 2023 to Thursday 6thApril 2023

Term 2: Wednesday 26thApril 2023 to Friday 30thJune 2023

Term 3: Tuesday 18thJuly to Friday 22ndSeptember 2023

Term 4: Tuesday 10thOctober 2023 to Thursday 14thDecember 2023

Our Facilities

Current facilities at Biala School include a heated hydrotherapy pool, two playgrounds, a sensory garden, art space, library, band camp music shed, bicycle workshop, sensory room, four classrooms and a purpose built Life Skills learning centre. There are plans to redevelop the primary school classrooms in 2025.


The fun doesn’t stop when the school bell sounds at Biala!

We have an After School Club available to students at Biala and other local learning support schools where we provide group activities and after-school-care. This is funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


Contact us today to find out more about our specialised education.

Biala School

78 Fox Street
Ballina NSW 2478

Head Office

Suite 4 & 5, 2 Moon Street Ballina NSW 2478