Senior School

Years 10–12

Giving Students Every Advantage


The Senior School operates at the Keysborough, Berwick, Brighton and City campuses. Keysborough has the largest Senior School group and some students from other locations choose to commute full time to this campus for Years 10 to 12. Students at Berwick, Brighton and City enjoy a close-knit School community, while being part of the larger Keysborough School community.

The Three-Year VCE

Spreading VCE studies over three years makes workloads more manageable and allows a balanced approach. Senior students combine their studies with a diverse Co-curricular Program of sport, arts, community and cultural activities that enable them to explore and extend their interests while developing talents that complement their studies.

The VCE Program

Haileybury students begin their VCE studies in Year 10 and select a program according to their individual needs, talents and interests. Our staff provide guidance to ensure that their studies match their academic readiness.

Our NAPLAN Literacy and Numeracy results illustrate how well prepared our students are for their VCE. Haileybury is Victoria’s top performing co-educational primary school and second-best performing secondary school for boys and girls.

These results are carried into the senior years. In 2018, our Year 12 students achieved three maximum ATAR scores of 99.95%, and 44% of our students finished in the country’s top 10%.

Year 10

Year 10 students undertake six major subjects of which one or two, and sometimes three, are at VCE Units 1 and 2 level.

Year 11

Year 11 students normally take six subjects, one or two of which are at VCE Units 3 and 4 level and four or five of which are 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.

Co-Curricular Activities

A multitude of co-curricular activities celebrate individual difference, develop self-worth and provide welcome down time during Senior School. The program caters for the interests and talents of all students through the arts and outdoors, fitness, community and academic extension activities.

Choices include Choir, Concerts, Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre, Orchestra, Pipes & Drums, Rock Bands, Stage Bands, Tattoo, Chess Club, Commerce, Debating, Mooting and Public Speaking, Editorial Heritage and Archives, Adventure Club, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program, Martial Arts, Blood Bank, International Students’ Club, Library Committee, Social Justice Club and Photography Club.

The program offers something for everyone at a time when balancing study with personal pursuits is important.

Special Features

Two Schools

Parallel education continues at Senior School, where it is normal for boys and girls to spend more time socialising together while mostly learning in single-gender classes. The exact arrangements are determined on a study-by-study basis that reflects the nature of the study and which optimises learning outcomes. Teaching staff teach in both Schools.

Early Commencement

A unique arrangement, whereby the academic year starts early in Term 4, ensures maximum time to complete each year's program. This is especially important for Year 12 where traditionally students need to cope with a large program in a shortened academic year.

Breadth of Studies and Vocational Education and Training

The curriculum offered at Haileybury's Senior Schools is rich and diverse and offers a great breadth of VCE studies. Haileybury also offers a wide range of vocational educational (VET) subjects. This part of the curriculum has a strong industry focus and offers a range of interesting studies in Hospitality, Media and Music Digital Production. All vocational subjects count towards an ATAR.

Expert Teaching and Monitoring

Teaching and learning styles in the Senior Schools promote self-management and self-discipline. They also improve individual learning styles and encourage students to become resilient independent learners.