NEW SCHOOL FOR HOBART
Programs to be focused on ‘educationally at risk’ students
A NEW independent school aimed at helping teenage students considered “educationally at risk” is planning to open in Hobart’s northern suburbs.
The Indie School has more than 10 campuses in NSW and Victoria, and plans to have its first Tasmanian school open by first term next year.
The school, to be based in Main Rd, Glenorchy, has been given development approval by Glenorchy City Council and is looking to recruit teachers. The non-government school is still awaiting approval from the state’s educational authorities.
The school is considered an “alternative” senior-secondary option for students aged 15-19, to help them through Years 9 to 12.
Indie School principal Rod Wangman said the schools aimed to help students who had left school and not found employment.
He said the schools were targeted at students considered “educationally at risk of not completing their senior secondary education”.
He said the Tasmanian school would help students achieve their TCE, which could be done while gaining other officially recognised qualifications.
“Indie School programs are based on individualised support and learning to re-engage students into education in a ‘stepped’ progress, planned with the students to increase their self-esteem, confidence and behavioural requirements,” he said.
Mr Wangman said class sizes were kept small, with up to only 10 students, and the entire school would be kept small at up to only 70 students. Mr Wangman said Indie Schools had higher ratios of welfare support, used life experienced teachers/coaches and offered flexible modes of study. He said the learning was also tailored to students’ individual strengths.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said the Non-Government Schools Registration Board had received an application for the establishment of an Indie School in Glenorchy com- mencing 2019. He said registration assessment was also currently being undertaken by the Office of the Education Registrar, which is responsible for administering the non-government schools registration process.
“The registration process requires outlining the anticipated impact on surrounding schools,” the spokesman said.
“It also requires evidence of contact with local schools about any potential impact.”