Schools go independent

The new Golden Bay Primary School (working name) will also be an independent school when it opens.

More than 170 schools will become independent in 2015, resulting in about 70 per cent of WA public students learning in an independent school.

More than half of the State’s public schools will be independent.

Education Minister Peter Collier said the Independent Public Schools initiative was one of the most significant education reforms in decades and had transformed public schooling.

‘WA is leading the way in giving local schools and communities more say and flexibility in the way they offer education to meet the needs of students. With the school and community working together, the most appropriate decisions for students can be made because they know what is needed and what works,’ he said.

Mr Collier said other states and territories were following WA’s lead in developing school autonomy programs and the Federal Government was also emulating the initiative.