Melville Senior High School

School Overview and Information

The School Handbook is an outline of everyday 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 2017 are HERE

Melville SHS is a vibrant multicultural school which provides students with a world class education.  This is achieved through the provision of opportunities for development in the intellectual, physical, creative and social domains combined with high quality teaching and strong pastoral care relationships.  

We are a comprehensive Independent Public School with a student population of around 1400 and over 180 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.

At Melville SHS students have access to our highly regarded programs including:

  • a state wide Gifted and Talented Academic Selection Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences, English, Mathematics and Sciences;
  • state accredited Specialist programs in Aviation Studies, Graphic Design Media and Netball; and
  • a school-based merit-selected Academic Extension Course (AEC) and a widely acclaimed Music in Focus program.

Acknowledged as a top public school we continually strive to improve student achievement across all domains each year. The most recent Independent School Review gave Melville SHS an outstanding report and affirmed our strategic direction. Our latest achievements and IPS Review are summarised on the school’s website at

In Years 7 to 9 we offer students access to both an extensive range of challenging mainstream courses and a wide range of electives. In Year 10 students are introduced to more specialised curriculum programs as they begin their transition into Senior School.  In Years 11 and 12 there is a large selection of academic (ATAR) subjects and vocationally focused certificate courses to choose from. Through these broad and challenging curriculum pathways, students are guided and supported by their dedicated classroom teachers and our caring Student Services team while they transition through school and on to post-secondary education or meaningful employment.

The school is a leader in the use of technology with students expected to commence Year 7 with an electronic device (such as an iPad) which is used by teachers to enhance curriculum engagement and ensure student success.  The use of email, text messaging, web-based communication and social media based programs enables the school to easily share information about student course materials, assessment schedules, homework, grades, reports, attendance, school events and the like with parents and students.

Melville Senior High School has 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 our dedicated team of English as a Second Language (ESL) as well as trained mainstream teachers. This leads to benefits for our whole school community by providing the opportunity to engage with an array of talented and highly motivated young men and women from across the world. 

Complementing our academic focus is the local-intake student-centred RISE program providing an educationally safe and caring environment for students at educational risk where they are nurtured in smaller classes. There is also a small learning centre (the Melville Learning Centre or MLC) for students who meet the eligibility criteria for Department of Education (DoE) school resourcing disability funding and who live within our local intake area.

To further enrich student experiences at Melville SHS, we offer an expansive range of co-curricular programs that comprises over 30 inter-school sporting teams, music productions, dance and band festivals, debating, outdoor pursuits, camps and wilderness expeditions, State Emergency Services cadets, academic challenge and orientation and extension camps.

The school is well resourced with facilities that include a 25 metre swimming pool, gymnasium, weights room, a grassed oval and tennis, netball and basketball courts. The school also enjoys the support of a dedicated school board, a committed Parents and Citizens Association and specialist program parent support groups.

At Melville SHS we continually improve our facilities and, in addition to over 80 general classrooms we have an attractive Learning Resource Centre (library), new science laboratories, an Aviation Centre with two flight simulators and an Arts Centre with dance, drama, film and television, multi-media and music studios, as well as three visual arts studios and a specialised graphic design laboratory.  In 2017 we completed a significant renovation of our Student Services Centre and, in the life of our current Business Plan, the schools’ Administration and Executive Centre will be also renovated and a new performance theatre will be built.

Whilst we remain committed to our ongoing capital works program to ensure modern classroom and outdoor facilities, our primary focus has and always will be on the learning successes of our students.  At Melville SHS we take pride in treating each student as an individual as we strive to meet their academic, cultural, sporting, civic and pastoral needs while preparing them to meet the challenges of the future.