Casey Grammar School has been announced as the 2021 winner of The Age ‘Schools that Excel’ Award in the category of non-government school in Melbourne’s Southern region.
The award recognises schools that have shown sustained improvement over the past 10 years and have demonstrated significant advancement of VCE results in their region over this period. Casey Grammar School’s VCE students have been scoring 40 much more often in recent years than they were 10 years ago with 5.7 per cent of the year 12 cohort reaching the mark last year, compared with 0.4 per cent in 2011. The school also achieved a VCE median score of 30 for the second consecutive year in 2020.
Casey Grammar School has a strong focus on implementing strategies and tactics to ensure results continuously improve. These include capping enrolments, despite increasing demand. “We want to keep the school relatively small; we want to hang onto the really strong community spirit that we have here and if you get too big, sometimes that can be fractured or broken,” Principal Ms Fiona Williams said. It has also involved providing explicit direction to both students and teaching staff.
Casey Grammar School prides itself on their outstanding team of educators and works closely with all teaching staff to ensure their methods are bringing out the best in students. “Expectations on staff has been crucial in terms of the development of students over the last two years,” Ms Williams said. “We’re focusing on how teachers can add value in the classroom, rather than focusing on ‘how do we get more 40s’. Do that and we feel the 40s will follow.”
At Casey Grammar School we recognise that success is measured individually. Our students are empowered through individual attention and encouraged to become the best version of themselves. We work with them to develop unique pathways tailored to their individual strengths and interests. “This award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our teachers, students and staff. We are exceptionally proud of our entire community and look forward to continuously achieving excellence in all areas of education.”
You can read more about Casey Grammar School’s School that Excel Award below.