Our College has spent the last seven years learning how to place the student, as learner, at the centre of our work. Our teachers have learnt new ways of planning and conducting their classes, our students have learnt what it means to be a student of the College – actively engaged in learning and participating in their learning, no longer being passive recipients of knowledge. Our teachers, the support staff and the students have developed new relationships that are paying real dividends in student learning.

Over the last four years we have been measuring student improvement in literacy and numeracy at year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. The improvements have been astounding. This year we were able to look at the improvement results of our students in the NAPLAN testing program as they moved from Year 7 to Year 9. Again the level of improvement was beyond what we had been hoping for and was above the state average..

In April 2012 a study of our Year 9 NAPLAN results for 2010 and 2011 showed that students in Year 9 made a greater level of improvment that students in any school in Ballarat, public, or private, in all measured areas apart from Numeracy where one other school made an improvement greater than ours. These results indicate the quality of the teaching in our classrooms is very high indeed. Wwe are all prud of this confirmatrion of the value the College's staff has added to our classroom instruction

The progress of our students has been so positive that our College has been selected as a case study of how to deliver literacy and numeracy improvement in a secondary school. The formula is not that difficult – great teachers, hard working students, excellent support staff and teacher coaches, the right programs and an unrelenting focus on planning for the improvement of each young person as an individual.

But our College is more than great literacy and numeracy improvement. Our students have excelled in so many ways over many years. In sport, community service, science and humanities, in citizenship, the performing arts and the visual arts and technology, Ballarat Secondary College students constantly make a positive contribution to the Ballarat Community.

28th of July 2017. Ballarat Secondary College.