23/09/2009 - 15:41

State names 34 independent schools

23/09/2009 - 15:41

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The Barnett government has named 34 state schools that will have independent status within the public system as part of a new policy to give more grass roots control to the school.

State names 34 independent schools

The Barnett government has named 34 state schools that will have independent status within the public system as part of a new policy to give more grass roots control to the school.

 

The announcement is below:

 

The first 34 schools to be empowered with greater freedom to make decisions best suited to the needs of their students and local communities have been announced.

Education Minister Liz Constable today heralded a new era in public education in Western Australia.

"Schools have been waiting for this opportunity," Dr Constable said.

"It means greater responsibility for principals and flexibility in their recruitment of teachers and other school staff."

The schools were selected by an independent panel from more than 100 schools who submitted expressions of interest.

"For the first time, principals can work with their schools to form the best local solution to their problems rather than relying on a one-size fits all approach," the Minister said.

"The first 34 schools demonstrated they had strong support from both staff and the wider school community."

The final list includes schools from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds including primary, high schools and senior colleges.

Establishing Independent Public Schools was a key election commitment of the State Government and will hand greater control to schools while still providing systematic support and benefits, such as access to professional development programs.

"With one out of every eight schools across WA expressing an interest, it is clear this initiative has been very well received," Dr Constable said.

"The 34 schools remain very much part of the public school system, with the Department of Education and Training as the employing authority for all staff and all public sector standards in place.

"The Independent Public Schools will continue to provide the WA endorsed curriculum and will also comply with the new national curriculum when it is implemented."

Schools that were not selected will have the opportunity to work with the Department to strengthen their bid for consideration in the next intake of Independent Public Schools next year.

 

The panel included:
- Audrey Jackson - Previously Executive Director, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA)
- Lyndon Rowe - Chairman of the Western Australian Economic Regulation Authority
- David Wood - Chief Executive Officer, Curriculum Council of Western Australia
- Lorraine Hams - Retired principal, previously principal of Cyril Jackson Senior Campus
- Peter Hamilton - Department of Education and Training, Director, School Research
- Alison Ramm - (Executive Officer) Department of Education and Training, Director, School Innovation and Reform

For details of the schools visit http://det.wa.edu.au/schoolsandyou/detcms/portal/

SCHOOLS INCLUDED IN FIRST INTAKE OF INDEPEPENDENT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

1. Ballajura Community College
2. Beaumaris Primary School
3. Belmont City College
4. Bletchley Park Primary School
5. Campbell Primary School
6. Canning College
7. Carson Street School
8. Comet Bay Primary School
9. Corrigin District High School
10. Duncraig Senior High School
11. Durham Road School
12. Esperance Primary School
13. Highgate Primary School
14. John Curtin College Of The Arts
15. Kingston Primary School
16. Lake Grace District High School
17. Manea Senior College
18. Mindarie Senior College
19. Nedlands Primary School
20. Neerigen Brook Primary School
21. Roseworth Primary School
22. Rossmoyne Senior High School
23. Sevenoaks Senior College
24. South Halls Head Primary School
25. Warriapendi Primary School

Clusters
26. Challis Early Childhood Education Centre
27. Challis Primary School

28. Coorow Primary School
29. Perenjori Primary School
30. Three Springs Primary School

31. Ashdale Secondary College
32. Ashdale Primary School
33. Madeley Primary School
34. Landsdale Primary School

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