Specialist Programs

Academic Extension Program

LEAP   Year 7-8 and Year 9

10AE    Year 10

A priority for Hedland SHS is ensuring excellence in teaching and learning for all students. It is with this focus that it is our intention to continue a special pathway with multi- aged students. This pathway will have limited places and will be filled through a selection criteria.
Whilst the pathway will cover similar material to that covered in other MESH (Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities) classes, students will have extension tasks and be given opportunities to demonstrate deeper understanding and engagement with topics.
This pathway has been included to provide students with the opportunity to maximise their educational opportunities. It will be 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 are reviewed at the end of each semester.
All students in Year 6/7 will be 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

Trade Training Centre offers new levels of innovative training for students in Years 11 and 12 who wish to complete a Certificate II in Engineering (Metals Fabrication pathway) on the school site. This centre offers a dynamic new approach to trade training, with a purpose- built training facility and strong links to potential employers, accessed through work experience. These students will complete all their courses in the trade training centre. Students must have good literacy and numeracy skills. Based on achievement, students will be advised of their eligibility for this program.
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 Unit 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 Learning Area teachers the school provides specialist teachers in Home Economics, Art, Metalwork, Woodwork, Dance, Music and Gym.