Balcatta SHS

Our School

Our Vision

At Balcatta Senior High School, we are committed to providing an engaging, creative and challenging curriculum in an inclusive learning community with a strong focus on pastoral care and student achievement.

Vision in Action

At the heart of our vision is a professional learning community with three key areas of focus:

  • Learning
  • Collaboration
  • Results

In order to achieve our vision we will commit to the following outcomes:

  • Create resilient, self-directed, lifelong learners
  • Develop active, informed, confident, creative individuals
  • Use data and evidence-based approaches to improve teaching and learning
  • Have high expectations to work collaboratively in a professional learning community
  • Maximise each student’s potential
  • Acknowledge individual differences
  • Use a range of pedagogies
  • Build positive relationships
  • Provide a safe, supportive environment
  • Encourage student responsibility

Our Priorities

Balcatta Senior High School is committed to achieving excellence in its two priorities:

  • Success for all students
  • High quality teaching and learning
  • Student engagement and well-being
  • Effective leadership and governance

Our Motto

Building the Future

Our Values

Our values align with the Department of Education values of learning, excellence, equity and care. All of the members of the Balcatta Senior High School community strive to follow these values:


We treat all individuals with respect and care. Our relationships are based on trust and mutual respect. We recognise the differing circumstances and needs of our students and are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for all.


We value teamwork, collaboration and the value of working in partnership with students, parents, teachers and the community in providing a quality education for our students. We place high regard on the personal and social well-being of all our students.


We have high expectations and strive to achieve excellence in all we do. The standards and expectations challenge all of us to be our best in both academic and non-academic outcomes.

Our Mission

At Balcatta Senior High School, we will collaboratively build a professional learning community with a commitment to quality teaching and learning. Students will develop their individual talents, critical thinking and technology skills by being actively engaged in the learning process. By maintaining a safe and creative learning environment, the whole school community will share responsibility to create active, informed citizens who are confident, creative, self-motivated and resilient.

Annual Report

Business Plan

The Business Plan sets the strategic direction of Balcatta Senior High School and is developed in consultation with the School Council and staff members.

The plan outlines the priorities, focus areas and targets for a three-year period and determines the strategies required to meet these objectives.

Academic Achievements

  • 86% of our students achieved a WACE graduation and the median ATAR of our cohort was 75.9, a significant improvement compared to 2017.
  • 80% completed a Certificate II or higher in Vocational Education and Training courses.
  • All our ATAR students were eligible for university courses on the basis of their ATAR scores or through possible alternative pathways. Our students have achieved entry to a range of courses at the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University.
  • Our attainment rate of 97% was excellent and above like schools and above the State mean of 96%.
  • Our student Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results have continued to show improvement.
  • The Year 7 Literacy results indicate our students performed above similar high schools and the state in reading, writing and numeracy.
  • Year 9 Reading results are consistent with similar and all state high schools. The decline in writing achievement at the school is consistent with that of all schools, the state and the nation.
  • The Year 9 Numeracy results indicate 99% at or above the National Standards. The Year 7 Numeracy results indicate 97% at or above the National Standards.
  • The works of two students of our Gifted and Talented Visual Arts students were selected for the Northern Perspectives Art Exhibition
  • Students at Balcatta Senior High School have access to special entry bonuses for entry to Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.
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