Melville Senior High School

School Overview and Information

The School Handbook is an outline of everday information needed for current students and parents. This is sent to all families in the first week of term.

Information Handbook is  HERE.

The Student Engagement Policy is HERE.

School Overview

Year 12 Results for 2015 are HERE

Established in 1960, Melville Senior High School is a highly successful, comprehensive Independent Public School with a student population of around 1,350 and over 160 teaching and support staff.  Located overlooking the Swan River between Perth and Fremantle, the school's convenient location and the ready availability of public transport along Leach Highway allows Melville SHS to welcome students from the local and wider community into our comprehensive educational program.

Melville Senior High School is a vibrant multi-cultural school, which aims to provide students with a world-class educational experience.  This is achieved through the provision of opportunities for intellectual, physical, creative and social development with high quality teaching and strong pastoral care relationships. 

  • At Melville SHS students will have access to our highly regarded programs including:
  • A state selected Gifted and Talented Academic Selection Program in the Humanities, Mathematics and Sciences.
  • State accredited Specialist Programs in Aviation Studies, Graphic Design Media and Netball.
  • A school-based merit-selected Academic Extension Course (AEC) and a widely acclaimed
  • Music in Focus program. 

Melville SHS has been a 'Top Public School' award winner every year since 2006 and strives to improve academically each year. The most recent Independent School Review has given Melville SHS a glowing report and affirmed our strategic direction. Our latest achievements and the IPS Review are summarised on the school's website at

In Years 7 to 10 we offer students access to both an extensive range of challenging mainstream courses and an array of options. In Years 11 and 12 there is a large selection of Academic (ATAR) subjects and vocationally focused Certificate courses to choose from. Through all these broad and challenging curriculum pathways, students will be guided and supported by their classroom teachers and our dedicated Student Services team.

The school is proactive with the use of technology and all students start Year 7 with an iPad, which, along with 'Connect', becomes a major link enhancing teacher, parent and student communication. (Connect is a web-based interactive communication tool used by staff to provide a constant flow of information regarding the syllabus, homework, grades etc).

Melville Senior High School hosts an Intensive English Centre (IEC) and welcomes International Fee Paying students who are attracted, in part, to the additional language support that is provided by a dedicated ESL (English as a Second Language) team as well as trained mainstream teachers. This leads to benefits for our whole school community by providing our experienced staff and your children with the opportunity to mix with an array of talented and highly motivated young men and women from across the world.

To further enrich your child's experience at Melville SHS, the school offers an expansive range of extracurricular programs that have traditionally incorporated over 30 interschool sporting teams, musical productions, dance and band festivals, debating, outdoor pursuits, camps and wilderness expeditions, State Emergency Services Cadets, academic challenges and orientation and extension camps. 

The school is well resourced with facilities that include a 25 metre enclosed swimming pool, gymnasium, weights room (available to staff and students), a grassed oval and tennis, netball and basketball courts. The school also enjoys the support of a talented School Board, a highly motivated Parents and Citizens Association and parent support groups for our specialist programs.

Melville SHS has renovated its facilities over the last 10 years and has a state of the art Learning Centre (library), new science labs, an Aviation Centre, an Arts Centre with dance, drama, film and television, multi-media, and music studios as well as three visual arts studios and a specialized graphic design laboratory.

The external spaces of the school have also been significantly enhanced with the redevelopment and landscaping of the Senior School, Year 9-10 and Year 7-8 Quadrangles. These areas include socialisation spaces that double as outdoor classrooms. The Year 7-8 area includes integrated handball courts that radiate out from a central chessboard motif. Raised areas of grass that are both bordered and connected by shady trees and large umbrellas join these components. This quadrangle is another exciting redevelopment that not only benefits the school but also the wider Melville community when it is used for twilight or evening concerts. 

Whilst we remain committed to implementing an ongoing capital works program to ensure modern classroom and outdoor facilities, our primary focus has and always will be the learning requirements of our students. At Melville SHS we pride ourselves on treating each child as an individual and continually strive to meet their academic, cultural, sporting, citizenship and pastoral needs as we prepare them to meet the challenges of the future.