Our History

Celebrating 40 years of excellence.

Mancel College was founded by pioneering psychologist Mancel Ellis Robinson in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1976.

While working at the University of Queensland, Mancel identified a lack of appropriate services and educational facilities for children with ‘communication and learning problems’.

The initial program supported eighteen children aged between five and eight, funded by a modest participation fee ($6 per day) and proceeds from private fundraising. By April 1978, the school had moved to the recently vacated original site of Fig Tree Pocket State School on Cubberla Street. A single-room schoolhouse and a donated demountable building accommodated a growing student body of twenty-two children.

In 2022, marking the twentieth anniversary of its founder’s retirement, The Glenleighden School was renamed Mancel College, cementing Mancel Ellis Robinson’s legacy in the field of Language Disorder for generations to come.


Support Developmental Language Disorder Day

on #DLDday, Friday October 14th, 2022

14 October is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day.
The 2022 DLDday theme is Growing with DLD, highlighting that DLD is a lifelong, permanent disability.