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Independent Public School

Subiaco Primary School

Subiaco Primary School was selected to become an Independent Public School in 2011.

In collaboration with the school community, as an Independent Public School, Subiaco Primary School has set our strategic direction, through the Subiaco Primary Business Plan 2017-2019.

In order to operate with more autonomy, as an Independent Public School we are afforded a number of flexibilities. These include selection of teaching and non teaching staff and management of finances though a one line budget.

Although we are called an Independent Public School, we remain part of the public school system. Like all public schools, Subiaco Primary School is obliged to comply with relevant legislation, industrial agreements and whole of government policies and initiatives.

As part of the Federal Government initiative to promote Independent Public Schools, Subiaco Primary School was one of three Western Australian schools selected to demonstrate how the IPS initiative has positively impacted schools. The two minute clip can be viewed Here.

Public Schools Review

In October 2020 Subiaco Primary underwent an extensive public school review.  All WA public schools are reviewed by the Department Of Education’s Public School Accountability directorate.  A review gives assurance to the local community, the Minister for Education and Training and the Director General about the performance of public schools in delivering high quality education to its students. The review acknowledges the achievements of the school and gives feedback to support the principal and staff with their improvement planning.

Reproduced is the contextual summary for each of the six domains.  In total we received 28 commendations and 1 recommendation.

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Relationships and Partnerships
The leadership team has built a strong collegial culture founded on mutual respect, trust and support amongst staff, students and families. The quality of the relationships that have evolved is highly valued by the whole school community.

Learning Environment
The school prides itself on providing a safe and caring environment for students and staff, underpinned by a culture that supports quality learning and positive behaviours. High levels of effectiveness are evident in meeting the needs of all students.

Leaders have created and are embedding an organised, structured, aligned and supportive work environment where staff are provided clarity about the purpose for all actions. This is complemented by explicit expectations, support for implementation and accountability.

Use of Resources
Financial planning and prudent budget management protocols are in place to ensure resource allocations relate specifically to the improvement of student outcomes.

Teacher Quality
The school has built a culture in which teachers and school leaders take a personal and collective responsibility for promoting continuous professional improvement and accept shared responsibility for student success.

Student Achievement and Progress
The school culture embodies an emphasis on excellence and development of the whole child. Curriculum offerings and support structures optimise the prospects for student success.

Governance and Accountability

The various responsibilities of Independent Public Schools include:

  • Compliance and legislative requirements
  • Requirements of an Independent Public Schools
  • Public accountability
  • Governance
  • Compliance and legislative requirements
  • Requirements of an Independent Public Schools
  • Public accountability
  • Governance

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Information for Parents and Communities

Frequently asked questions for parents and community members about the Independent Public School initiative.

Download IPS Parent Leaflet