"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 places a strong emphasis on knowing and valuing our students while personalising and enriching their learning experiences. Through our Strategic Plan (2017 – 2020) we are committed to improving student achievement, engagement & wellbeing outcomes by:

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

In a caring, well-disciplined atmosphere, the college expects and achieves high standards in all aspects of student leadership, endeavour, behaviour and presentation.  Our college values of Excellence, Integrity, Responsibility, Respect and Tolerance are consistently reinforced in student learning, teaching practice and through school management. To support this learning environment we are blessed with an outstanding and dedicated workforce made up of teaching and Education Support staff.

In 2018 we had full access to the architecturally designed Senior Science/Maths complex which brought a fantastic new addition to the college. The complex included 3 specialist science rooms (Chemistry, Biology & Physics) as well as two generalist classrooms, a science staffroom, preparation laboratory for our Science Technicians as well as an area for student study.

The exciting news in 2019 is that we have been allocated $4.873 million to fund a new permanent modular building.

The section of our college replaced through the permanent modular school buildings project is known as the ‘C block’ and this is the entire top half of the now demolished ‘C Wing’ which contained 8 classrooms. The new construction accommodates 10 classrooms including 2 purpose built science rooms, 2 purpose built ICT rooms, 6 generalist classrooms, replacement student toilets, a Language faculty staffroom, an office for the Year 9 Student Managers, 2 new locker bays and a science storeroom.

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.

In 2018 Vermont Secondary College had 100% of students complete their VCE. Vermont is an outstanding college in supporting students to achieve impressive VCE results and access tertiary pathways in high numbers. In 2018, 16 of our Year 12 VCE students achieved a study score of 95+ (top 5% in the state), 31 students achieved a study score over 90+ (top 10% in the state) and a total of 65 students achieved a study score over 80 (top 20% in the state). What is tremendously satisfying is the fact that 71% of our students (134 of 189) achieved a study score above 60 (top 40% of the state). Of this cohort so far 97.38% 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 extremely 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 co-curricular 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 supportive House structure, contributes significantly to a smooth, safe transition into secondary school.

Welcome to Vermont Secondary College,

 

Tony Jacobs

Principal