Inviting students to learn is an emphasis at Clarkson Community High School, with an Invitational Education focus on high-quality teaching and curriculum activities that engage and extend students. We are a faculty-based community high school providing high-quality education in Years 7 to 12 in the North-Western suburbs of Perth. The school has approximately 70 staff and our 570 students are predominantly from Butler, Clarkson and Merriwa. Our planning and management are underpinned by Invitational Education practices and consider how People, Places, Policies, Programs and Processes interact to improve our school and achieve better outcomes for our students. Frequent data analysis and observation inform our monitoring of what our students are achieving and their academic and personal needs. In state-wide testing for numeracy, reading, writing, spelling and grammar Clarkson Community High School has performed to expected standards for WA schools.
Mentoring and volunteer programs enhance student-teacher relationships and community links at Clarkson and the school has a very successful State Emergency Services Cadet Corps and a Bush Rangers Unit coordinated by members of the local community. Clarkson awards include Top Public School awards, a Prime Minister's award for vocational programs, Vocational Excellence awards and West Scheme Vocational and Training awards. In 2014 84% of our Year 12 students completed a VET Certificate II or higher.
Clarkson has a high level of technology integrated across all areas of the school, including Apple MacBook computers for students throughout the school, an industry-standard commercial training kitchen and industry training programs within faculties. TradesNorth training institution is co-located on the school site, providing $26 million of outstanding facilities and trades training. Clarkson Community High School is at the centre of a thriving community and the school's interaction with our community enriches all learning opportunities.
Visible Learningplus is a professional development program for teachers that explores how evidence can be used to create innovation in the learning environment. Their work is focused on AITSL chairman John Hattie's research and the principles of Visible Learning and visible teaching. This outstanding research involved millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence-based research into what actually works best in schools to improve learning.
Principal John S. Young is featured on their website after writing a paper describing theories of practice that have guided reform at Clarkson Community High School. You can view the article by visiting the school website located at the top of this page.
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