Butler College (4191)

School Overview

Butler College opened in January 2013 as an inclusive public school for secondary students in Perth's northern suburbs. The College values are at the heart of our culture: Knowledge, Integrity and Respect.

Since 2020, our Senior Secondary students have performed exceptionally well in ATAR courses, with our average median ATAR just below 80 and above comparable schools. In recent years, numerous students have won awards from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA), including Subject Certificates of Excellence, Subject Exhibition, Certificates of Distinction and Certificates of Merit. Our ATAR pathway is complemented by our General and VET pathways. We deliver Hospitality, Engineering and Sports Coaching certificate qualifications onsite and work closely with other providers to ensure our students have access to the full suite of VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) opportunities.

A key aspect of Butler College is our endorsed Education Support Program. Our facility supports 80 students with special educational and medical needs. Our facilities include a hydrotherapy pool and a range of sensory spaces. As an integrated site, our students benefit from high levels of expertise and support and the ability to integrate with other students where appropriate.

Our Student Wellbeing team leads from the front in delivering on our motto, 'A College that Cares'. The team is well-resourced and comprises several professionals including School Psychologists, Chaplain, Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, Student Support Officer, Student Support Coordinator, Lead Teachers and a Program Coordinator. Their approach is focused on using restorative practices to support our students in building and maintaining positive relationships throughout the College.

The College has worked relentlessly on developing our Intentional Teaching model in the Learning Areas of Maths, English, Science and the Humanities. This model produces the skills students need to experience success post-school. As a result, students are exposed to a low-variance curriculum that can be scaffolded and extended to support their needs. With the College investing heavily in professional learning opportunities for our staff through Teach Well, students are exposed to high-impact teaching strategies and expected to participate in lessons using regular checks for understanding. Guided practice, followed by independent practice, allows students to embed the skills they have learnt regularly.

Within our Health & Physical Education Learning Area, students benefit from access to outstanding facilities, including multiple grass pitches, hard courts, an indoor gymnasium and a weights room. We run specialist sports academies in Soccer, Netball and Cricket, providing aspiring athletes the opportunity to be coached by highly qualified coaches and compete against other schools throughout the year.

Our Arts team deliver a high-quality and engaging environment for all budding artists. Our Performing Arts pathway focuses on the Music and Dance contexts, working closely with the Instrumental Music School (IMMS) to provide music students with additional learning and performance opportunities. Our Performing Arts students enjoy multiple opportunities to showcase their talents at school events, showcase evenings and outside-of-school performances and competitions. We deliver both traditional Visual Arts and Design in the Visual Arts pathway. Our digital media and photography expertise provides students access to our state-of-the-art resources and facilities, including our incredible TV and Audio Recording studios, providing students with the highest level of exposure to real-world technology and applications.

In Technologies, we have clear pathways for students within each context. Our Woodworking and Metalworking facilities and expertise prepare students for various trade pathways and vocational activities. Food Science exposes students to modern techniques and approaches leading up to our highly regarded Hospitality Certificate courses. Our Digital Technologies team focus on building the necessary skills for our students to be successful in the modern world.

The College has experienced significant success in interschool debating, with teams regularly competing in the WA Debating League and reaching the finals in their respective age groups. Our Senior Secondary team were the State Champions in the Western Australia Debating League competition in 2022, becoming just the 4th Public School to achieve the feat. Our teams have also succeeded in WA British Parliamentary Debating (State Champions 2021) and the national UN Youth Voice Public Speaking competition (National Champion 2021).

Our Academic Extension Program provides a challenging pathway from Years 7 - 10 and targets students who intend to pursue an ATAR pathway in Senior Secondary. Academic Extension students benefit from learning with a cohort of driven peers and engaging with a range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to enhance their learning experience at Butler College. Entrance to this program is competitive, and testing takes place during Year 6 due to the competition for places in the program.

Butler College is a vibrant and modern Secondary school with the proven ability to deliver exceptional outcomes for our students. We invite you to join us on our journey to provide the best educational environment for the Butler community.