College Profile

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College Profile 2017

Swinburne Senior Secondary College is a co-educational government secondary college which caters for Years 11 and 12 students.  The College offers Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) in a setting that enables students to focus their learning around the values, attitudes and needs of young adults.

The College’s purpose is:

  • to provide innovative and relevant VCE, VET and VCAL senior secondary programs in response to identified needs
  • to take into account the spectrum of individual differences that exists among students and help each student achieve growth, both academically and on a personal level
  • to redress disadvantage and discrimination so that all students, irrespective of gender, ethnic origins or socio-economic background, are provided with a curriculum that is challenging, comprehensive and purposeful
  • to provide post-secondary pathways, advice and support.

 

The following values are seen as being central to the life of the college.  We aim to apply these values in our everyday dealings with each other and in the development of our programs and policies:

 

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment

 

These values are supported by the behaviours that we believe are crucial to ensuring that our purpose is achieved:

 

  • Positive relationships
  • High expectations
  • A relevant and inclusive curriculum
  • Engaged and responsible students
  • Quality facilities
  • Genuine participation
  • A supportive and stimulating environment

 

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The College strives to provide students with extensive and diverse post-secondary pathways.  Students are enrolled in VCE, VET and VCAL, accessing subjects across all disciplines.  The College provides an alternative choice for senior secondary students seeking greater breadth of VCE choice, a more adult setting which better suits their emerging needs or simply a new start.

Students are attracted from all parts of Melbourne and beyond, and from all education sectors, to our strong Visual and Performing Arts, Design and Technology and Humanities programs, and wide curriculum offerings in Science, Mathematics and Commerce.  Students choose Swinburne because they are seeking an adult-like learning environment where they can be accepted as individuals.  Accordingly the College takes into account individual student difference and strives to provide all students with a curriculum that is relevant, challenging and comprehensive.

Students may commence their enrolment at the College in Year 11 or Year 12.  They have access to a broad range of some 38 VCE Studies, VCAL at Intermediate and Senior Levels and VET programs.  The College hosts 17 VET programs on each evening throughout the week (excluding Friday) and all day on Wednesday.  Students may also choose from 16 other programs through the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC) and travel off site to study these.

Over the past ten years the College enrolment has averaged 420 students.  In 2017 the College enrolment is 425 students comprising 252 females and 173 males.  There is an expectation that the enrolment will grow towards the mid to high 400’s in coming years.  The vast majority of students were born in Australia (98%).  Students come from a wide range of localities in the greater metropolitan area and beyond with some 140 postcodes being represented.  Current students have enrolled from 132 feeder schools.  Historically, approximately just over half or our students transfer to Swinburne from other state government schools and the other half were formerly enrolled in schools in the independent and Catholic sectors.  The overall socio-economic profile, based on the College’s Student Family Occupation Index is high.

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Whilst on one hand the combination of the diversity of students’ backgrounds and experiences at former schools and the fact that they might attend the College for only one or two years tends to complicate the task of building a strong College ethos, this factor is somewhat ameliorated as all students at the College are senior students who are provided with an adult-like environment and are expected to function as ‘independent, creative and thoughtful’ young adults.

Students receive excellent results in their VCE studies with 94% receiving their certificate in 2016.  Student attendance is very high and has been well above the State mean in recent years.  General student satisfaction with the College is very high with student ratings consistently in the top 20% of government secondary schools.

The College has 36 teaching staff, of whom 13 are part time.  The College also has seven sessional VET teachers and four full time and six part time Education Support Staff.  There are two full time Principal Class Officers, five Leading Teachers and 31 Classroom Teachers.

The College advises that many VCE teachers are involved with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as curriculum consultants and writers, taking positions of responsibility in VCE policy, assessment and professional development.  The College encourages this involvement believing Swinburne students are advantaged by such expertise.

Over the past ten or so years, the College facilities have either been rebuilt or refurbished.  Consequently students and staff enjoy first class facilities that provide an exceptional young adult learning environment. 

Whilst on one hand the combination of the diversity of students’ backgrounds and experiences at former schools and the fact that they might attend the College for only one or two years tends to complicate the task of building a strong College ethos, this factor is somewhat ameliorated as all students at the College are senior students who are provided with an adult-like environment and are expected to function as ‘independent, creative and thoughtful’ young adults.

Students receive excellent results in their VCE studies with 94% receiving their certificate in 2016.  Student attendance is very high and has been well above the State mean in recent years.  General student satisfaction with the College is very high with student ratings consistently in the top 20% of government secondary schools.

The College has 36 teaching staff, of whom 13 are part time.  The College also has seven sessional VET teachers and four full time and six part time Education Support Staff.  There are two full time Principal Class Officers, five Leading Teachers and 31 Classroom Teachers.

The College advises that many VCE teachers are involved with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as curriculum consultants and writers, taking positions of responsibility in VCE policy, assessment and professional development.  The College encourages this involvement believing Swinburne students are advantaged by such expertise.

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Over the past ten or so years, the College facilities have either been rebuilt or refurbished.  Consequently students and staff enjoy first class facilities that provide an exceptional young adult learning environment.  In particular, the exemplary learning spaces in the visual and performing arts and design and technology are powerful inducements to prospective students looking for studies in these studies.