Specialist Programs

Academic Extension Program

LEAP   Year 7-8 and Year 9

10AE    Year 10

Ensuring excellence in teaching and learning for all students is a priority for Hedland SHS. It is with this focus that the school offers the LEAP (Learning Extension Academic Program) and AE (Academic Extension) special pathways for students in Year 7 -10. These pathways have limited places and are filled through a selection criteria. Whilst the LEAP and AE programs cover similar material to that covered in other MESH (Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities) classes, students complete extension tasks and are given opportunities to demonstrate deeper understanding and engagement with topics.

The LEAP and AE programs provide students with the opportunity to maximise their educational opportunities. The program is more demanding and students must have a positive attitude and work ethic to benefit from participating in the curriculum. Being a successful applicant for this program does not preclude students from accessing other specialist programs within the school.It is the School’s expectation that students involved in the pathway class not only strive for their best in an academic sense, but also provide leadership outside of the classroom by the values and behaviour they exhibit.Students are expected to attend school regularly, complete homework as required and ensure that all tasks are completed to the best of their ability.

Students’ placement in these programs is reviewed at the end of each semester. All students in Year 6/7 are given the opportunity to be selected for this pathway. Students will be ranked according to the following selection criteria:
•Literacy and Numeracy testing
•A general aptitude assessment
•Information from teachers and parents

As there will be limited places in this pathway, parents will be notified if their child is offered a position.


Trade Training Program

The Trade Training Centre (TTC) offers new forms of innovative training for students in Years 11 and 12 who wish to complete a Certificate II in Engineering (Metals Fabrication pathway) and Certificate II in Rail Maintenance on the school site. The TTC offers a dynamic new approach to trade training, with a purpose-built training facility and strong links to potential employers, accessed through work experience.

Students in the TTC program complete all their courses in the Trade Training Centre. Students must have sound achievement in literacy and numeracy to be accepted into the program. Based on achievement and work ethics, students will be advised of their eligibility for this program.

Trade Training Centre students complete the following certificates and General courses:
Certificate II in Engineering (Metals Fabrication)
General English
General Mathematics
Workplace learning
Dimensional Design


Skilled To Work

Skilled to Work is a school-based training program that is intended as a transition from school to the workplace. It is designed to build literacy and numeracy skills in the workplace. The program is delivered by the same teacher for the majority of their classes. Students are provided with opportunities to complete various School Curriculum and Standards Authority Courses. There will also be a work placement component 2 weeks block release per year. Based on achievement, students will be advised of their eligibility for this program.

General English
General Mathematics
Workplace learning


Education Support

The Welcome Centre caters for students with intellectual and physical disabilities that range from mild to severe. The Centre provides educational and specialized physical, speech and occupational therapy support programs. Our focus is to help students to reach their potential by maximising their independence in an inclusive environment.

All students have Individual Education Plans and Individual Behaviour Plans developed with professional and parental collaboration. The Welcome Centre provides high quality educational programs for students. In addition to Welcome Centre’s ASDAN curriculum, students engage in specialist courses including Home Economics, Art, Metalwork, Woodwork, Dance, Music and Gym.