Senior School

Years 10 to 12
Preparing for life ahead

The Haileybury program is tailored to each educational stage and builds resilient and independent learners with a strong work ethic and critical skills in decision-making, leadership and enterprise. Students leave Haileybury as well-rounded young citizens with a love for learning, prepared for life on the global stage and with the drive to be active members of society.

Our Senior School program

Haileybury Senior School provides the ideal backdrop for students as they begin their final three years of learning and development. Across four campuses and driven by the VCE program, students undertake more rigorous academic study and spend more time on topics that align with their needs and passions.

But their academic study is balanced with sporting and co-curricular activities and opportunities to be part of clubs, performances, competitions and community initiatives.

Four campuses, one Senior School

Senior School operates at the four Melbourne campuses: Berwick, Brighton, City and Keysborough, and within each campus there is a strong sense of camaraderie and community.

Study options and co-curricular activities are similar across all campuses and, through the many intra-campus links, students can interact and maintain social connections across the wider Senior School environment.

Continuing with Parallel Education

We continue with the gender-specific class structure to ensure that students’ development from adolescence to young adulthood remains consistent.

Boys and girls have separate study and recreation areas and shared community areas that strengthen social growth and personal character as they prepare for their independent lives.

A three year immersive experience

The Senior School curriculum is rich and offers a breadth of VCE studies and vocational education (VET) subjects. We maintain a strong industry focus and offer studies in Hospitality, Media and Music Digital Production.

Spreading VCE studies over three years makes workloads more manageable and allows a balanced approach to school life. Senior students combine their studies with diverse co-curricular activities such as sports, the arts and community and cultural activities that enable them to extend their interests. Students also have the opportunity to develop talents that complement their studies.

Undertaking the VCE program

Haileybury students begin their VCE studies in Year 10 and select a program according to their individual needs, talents and interests. Teachers and staff provide guidance and support to ensure the program matches their academic readiness and future goals.

Each of the three stages enables greater focus and deeper learning on particular topics in preparation for Unit 3 and 4 VCE studies.

Year 10
Year 11
Year 12

Year 10

Year 10 students undertake six subjects. One or two of these are at VCE Units 1 and 2 level, although some students may undertake three VCE units.

Year 11

Students normally take six subjects:

  • One or two subjects at VCE Units 3 and 4 level
  • Four or five subjects at VCE Units 1 and 2 level, including an English study.

Year 12

Final year students usually take four or five subjects at VCE Units 3 and 4 level, including an English study.

Enhancement (university-level) studies are available for advanced students.

Providing more time for academic programs

Haileybury’s academic year starts early in Term 4, giving students more time to complete each year’s academic program. This is especially important for Year 12, where traditionally students work through a large program in a shortened academic year.

Personal wellbeing

Senior School is challenging and students must apply themselves and work at their deeper learning and critical thinking skills to complete their VCE and prepare for life beyond Haileybury. We want every student to challenge themselves and to achieve their potential but retain a sense of balance.

We support this through our Wellbeing Program that includes topics such as healthy and respectful relationships, consent in intimate relationships, values, emotional intelligence, positive mental health, diversity and the online world.

Haileybury has a professional team of School Psychologists who provide counselling services for students to support them with their specific individual challenges they may be experiencing.

Outside the classroom

Senior School brings many challenges and periods of hard work, so it is important that senior students balance this with sporting and creative pursuits, STEM and LEAP extension activities, competitions, clubs and community-based initiatives that help stimulate and ground them. These all form part of our extensive co- and extra-curricular programming and give senior students plenty of avenues to explore and develop deeper understanding and greater skills.

Clubs include Drama, Philosophy, Artworks and Chess and there are organised fairs and competitions for Mathematics, Science, Writing and Spelling.

We have an extensive Music program, including our renowned Pipes & Drums band, string, brass, woodwind and percussion ensembles and there are opportunities for private music tuition.

All students participate in intra-school House sport and interschool sport with training and coaching for each student. From swimming, cricket, tennis and soccer to volleyball, martial arts, climbing and rowing, students can explore interests and develop skills in a variety of team and individual activities.

Find out more in detail about our extensive co- and extra-curricular programs.