Independent model for Nannup high school
We are ensuring children’s learning, welfare and development is the driving force of all decisions.” Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery
Nannup District High School is one of 42 new schools announced to become independently run in 2019. The school has joined a list of 573 independent public schools in WA.
Nannup District High School principal Felicity Dear said the change to an independent school would be a good opportunity.
“We had to look at how it would benefit our students, staff and whole community,” she said.
“A teacher, Lia Szalma, our school’s council chairperson Dr Paul Murray and I went to a meeting about becoming an independent school and discussed reasons as to why we should change with staff and school council.”
Ms Dear said they handed the final say to the staff and school council members, who overall voted in support of the motion.
After the positive reaction, Ms Dear and school council representative Mark Wyncoll presented the reasons for change to a panel who then decided Nannup District High School should become independent.
“There will be more autonomy in planning and decision making that will help our school be more flexible to benefit our students,” Ms Dear said. The school will have increased freedom in involving current staff, students and the community in the way the school will function.
“We’ll be able to tweak our programs, which helps with our freedom to make decisions to fit the school’s needs,” she said.
Hiring new staff is also included in decisions the school will have control over.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said WA has led the country in giving communities and schools more say in student education. “By helping schools and communities come together, we are ensuring children’s learning, welfare and development is the driving force of all decisions,” she said.
This is the seventh group of schools to become independent in WA since the initiative was first announced in 2009.