More autonomy for three Peel region schools

More autonomy for three Peel region schools

THREE schools in the Peel region have gained independent status.

Mandurah, Greenfields and Pinjarra primary schools will get more autonomy next year.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the new status followed an exhaustive development and selection process.

“Independent Public Schools have stripped away the barriers that used to shackle principals and staff from doing their jobs effectively – that is, providing the very best teaching and learning environments for students,” he said.

“Principals say they have never looked back after becoming independent and having the authority at school level to select staff, run budgets and decide how their schools operate.”

School staff and council members will be part of a comprehensive transition program next term to prepare them for the transition.

Mandurah Primary School principal Natasha Upcott was thrilled with IPS status.

She said it would be an exciting change next year, along with a new school uniform and a logo “motivate, educate, celebrate.”