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On Monday 26 October 2015, the Minister for Education, The Hon Peter Collier MLC, announced changes to secondary schools in Geraldton following the community consultation that took place in 2014.

Geraldton Senior College and John Willcock College will expand to each cater for students from Years 7 to 12 from 2019. Each school will offer a broad curriculum with pathways leading to both Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and attainment of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), enabling children to complete all of their secondary education at one local secondary school.

Our school will retain its state-of-the-art Trade Training Centre providing programs in laboratory skills, engineering and electro-technology; and will continue the Clontarf Foundation academy program. John Willcock College will introduce a new Academic Extension Program for children from Years 7 to 10 focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Its students will also have access to the Trade Training Centre at our school through the Geraldton trade training consortium.

Both our schools will benefit from facility upgrades and improvements, and will start 2019 as Independent Public Schools.

These changes will provide continuous secondary education with options for young people to pursue tertiary education and further training and employment when they graduate.

A list of questions and answers has been prepared to provide more detailed information. Click here to download the PDF. Further information about the new directions is at education.wa.edu.au.

This is an exciting development for our school and community. We encourage you to contact the school if you wish to discuss how these changes will benefit your children.