School type Coeducational Day & Boarding
Head of school Dr Helen Drennen
Co-ed Age Range 3-18
Number of pupils 3,150
Curriculum IBDP, IBPYP, Natl
Language of Instruction English Wesley College is a coeducational school of the Uniting Church with a rich tradition on which to base its liberal, broad-based curriculum. Wesley College was opened on 18 January 1866, beginning with just one student, at its St Kilda Road campus. That student could never have imagined the Wesley College known today – leading and innovative, coeducational, multi-campus institution with a student population of more than 3,100. In 2016, the College celebrates its sesquicentenary – 150 years of outstanding educational opportunities.
The reputation of Wesley College has been built on the simple fact that it has always been committed to being an innovative and leading educational institution. Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to foster the growth and development of each individual student as a person who is open, inquiring, socially at ease, and who aspires to achieve excellence and personal best in all areas of endeavour. Through the timeless principles of learning – to know, to do, to live with, and to be, with innovation and wisdom – Wesley offers an authentic context within which learners develop the skills and attitudes that support achievement of their personal best alongside a deep understanding of their place in the world.
Wesley College is a highly recognised and respected International Baccalaureate school in Australia and across the world. Students from all backgrounds, countries, religions and cultures regularly choose to study at Wesley because of our excellent reputation as a world leader in the practice of international education.
Wesley's Contemporary And Dynamic Residential Community
Learning in Residence is not new to the College and, in many ways, can rightly be seen as an enduring element of our DNA. Building on more than a century of boarding and several decades of outdoor education, since 2000 the College has developed two highly-acclaimed residential learning programs - Clunes (1999) in country Victoria and the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School (2010) on Leopold Downs in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Now we look forward to the return of boarding in Melbourne. Dr Helen Drennen AM, Principal
Wesley College is establishing Learning in Residence, an innovative residential facility to be built adjacent to the Senior School at the Glen Waverley campus. Scheduled to open in 2017, this exciting, multipurpose, senior years (Years 10-12) residential development will provide a real-life context for holistic experiential learning which builds on the rich history of such residential experiences at Wesley – a century of boarding, two decades of Outdoor Education and the highly-acclaimed residential learning programs in Clunes and Yiramalay. The architectural design, location and programs have been designed to further enhance learning in the senior years and will again provide students - locally, nationally and internationally - with the benefits of an outstanding Wesley residential experience. Learning in Residence will be a dynamic and diverse community providing a vibrant and safe environment that will stimulate the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, cultural and spiritual development of the students in residence.
Wesley's international reputation for academic excellence in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Victorian Certificate of Education and dedicated English Language Preparation Program, will be further enhanced by this residential experience. In designing the new Learning in Residence facility, considerable research was undertaken in preparing an educational and design brief so that the design is reflective of the College as a modern, innovative and progressive school offering a unique, contemporary, residential environment.
The Learning in Residence facility will include eight two-storey residences, each accommodating a maximum of 16 students and one staff member. Four houses will be allocated for girls and four houses for boys. An additional three houses will accommodate other key staff. Students will share a bedroom with one other and an ensuite bathroom and lounge area. Study facilities will be available for each student in their room, as well as access to the Senior School library and resource centre for study periods, which will be supervised by residential and campus staff.
The residential program will continue the strong, culturally-appropriate pastoral care model at Wesley College and provide comprehensive academic support systems to ensure each student’s social, emotional and academic welfare is nurtured. Students will have access to a communal dining space for 240 and the adjoining recreational areas. In addition to this will be full access to the campus recreational facilities including the sports centre, gymnasium, tennis/hockey/ netball courts, sporting ovals and swimming pool.
A newly-created Health Centre will provide students with medical assistance and access to the campus counsellors if required. An administration area will support students and parents with management of programs and the office of security staff.
The location and design of the residences within the spacious grounds of the Glen Waverley campus specifically address the safety of each student with their close proximity to the Senior School.