Education Minister Peter Collier announced on Wednesday that 178 WA schools, 20 of those within the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup, would operate under the independent public school IPS) model next year.
Bambara Primary School principal Linda Knox said the change would give the Padbury school freedom to make decisions on the staff they employed, financial management, governance and accountability.
‘IPS would give the school greater flexibility to manage its own affairs and, in particular, employ staff who are responsive to the needs of students and prepared to engage with parents to achieve the very best outcomes for their children,’ she said.
‘Parents will be empowered to partner with the school and the school board to take a lead role in making decisions about their child’s education.’
Mrs Knox said many parents were well informed of the decision and showed a keen interest for the school to become IPS.
Schools are selected on their capacity to assume greater responsibility, local support and all-round benefit.
Northern suburb primary schools becoming Independent Public Schools in 2015:
Hawker Park (Warwick)
Quinns Beach (Quinns Rocks)
Spring Hill (Tapping)
Other schools becoming independent in 2015:
Joseph Banks Secondary College (Banksia Grove, opening 2015)
Warwick Senior High School
West Coast Language Development Centre (Ridgewood and Padbury Campus)