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Principal's Welcome

Tony Jacobs"Vermont Secondary College's true worth lies in its ability to help
the children grow as people, not just as students
" - parent

Vermont Secondary College was established in 1962 and is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It is a large, single campus, co-educational secondary college of approximately 1400+ students, 1,100 families and 130 teachers and support staff. The College values of Excellence, Integrity, Responsibility, Respect and Tolerance reflect our College ethos.

Vermont Secondary College is proud of its proven record of academic achievement while preparing our young citizens for an increasingly diverse range of student learning and career pathways. The College is consistently ranked amongst the top non-select entry State secondary colleges based on our VCE and NAPLAN test results that are consistently at or above State and ‘Like School’ levels of performance.

Vermont Secondary College places a strong emphasis on knowing and valuing our students while personalising and enriching their learning experiences. Based on our Strategic plan (2017 – 2020) we are committed to working to:

  • ensure every student achieves their potential and maximises their learning growth across all curriculum areas and year levels
  • create a stimulating, 21st century learning environment where students are empowered to be intellectually engaged and have a sense of control over their learning
  • build a learning community of reflective practitioners focused on continuous school improvement and on embedding the college’s high performance culture


In 2017 our new Senior Science Centre began operation with 3 purpose built specialist science rooms (Chemistry, Biology & Physics) as well as two generalist classrooms. The centre also contains a science staffroom, preparation laboratories for our Science Technicians as well as an area for student study. In 2017 we also opened our new Year 8 hub located in close proximity to the Year 7 Learning Centre.

The new Senior Science Centre along with our Flexible Learning Centre, Auditorium, Library, Student Support Centre and VCE study hall greatly assist the College in implementing dynamic academic programs and allows us to further build upon our positive and productive learning environment.

Vermont Secondary College is proud of its proven record of academic achievement while preparing our young citizens for an increasingly diverse range of student learning and career pathways. The college is consistently ranked amongst the top non-selective State Secondary Colleges based on our VCE and NAPLAN test results which are consistently at or above State and ‘Like School’ levels of performance.

Vermont Secondary College has 100% of students complete their VCE and is an outstanding college in supporting students to achieve impressive VCE results and access tertiary pathways in high numbers.  In 2016, 7 of our Year 12 VCE students achieved a study score of 95+ (top 5% in the state), 20 students achieved a study score over 90+ (top 10% in the state) and a total of 59 students achieved a study score over 80 (top 20% in the state). What is tremendously satisfying is the fact that 58% of our students (107 in total) achieved a study score above 65. Also in 2016, 99.49% of our Year 12 students were offered tertiary places, with a significant proportion gaining entry into university courses with high entry cut-off scores.

While the college is always proud of our highest performing students, we are equally proud of all students who have achieved individual excellence by achieving their goals. As a non-selective school, Vermont Secondary College is extremely proud of its ability to cater for all students wishing to continue on into Year 12.

The college makes a feature of encouraging, recognising and celebrating outstanding performance of students academically and in the areas of leadership and co-curricular participation. The College’s comprehensive range of activities, including our acclaimed instrumental music, choral and performing arts program, supports the growth of students into confident, successful and contributing citizens.  The college is also a premier sporting school, with many students competing at a local, state and national level.

Vermont Secondary College views education as a partnership and values the active support and participation of parents in a wide range of college activities and decision making groups. The educational needs of children are best served in an environment where parents feel part of the college community.

Our Grade 6 to Year 7 transition program ensures that students new to the College feel welcome, comfortable and secure in the purpose built Year 7 Learning Centre. This combined with the comprehensive Year 7 program and supportive House structure contributes significantly to a smooth, safe transition into secondary school.  New international, middle school and senior students’ are also assigned to House and Program team leaders along with a Student Manager to assure an informed and comfortable transition to the College.

I welcome you to Vermont Secondary College.

Tony Jacobs
Principal

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