Our School - About

Independent Public School

In 2011, Tom Price Senior High School became an Independent Public School (IPS). Flexibility in the choice of staff and the acquisition of resources has improved student education and behaviour. We enjoy the services of two Level 3 classroom teachers; one of whom is the Student Services Coordinator. 

School Catchment and Community

Tom Price Senior High School serves the towns of Tom Price, Paraburdoo as well as the Bellary and Wakathuni Aboriginal Communities. There are three contributing primary schools; Tom Price Primary School, North Tom Price Primary School and Paraburdoo Primary School. To complement the student population of approximately 300, students travel the 80 km from Paraburdoo in two modern air-conditioned busses.

School Features

Originally based on a traditional secondary school model, Tom Price Senior High School has moved quickly to embrace the principles of the Australian Curriculum and Middle Schooling. Staffing and timetabling is based on providing students with access to all eight Learning Areas in Years 8-10. Students enter a general course in Year 7, which is complemented in Year 8, gaining experiences across all Learning Areas. In years 9/10, students are able to pursue their particular interests by choosing from a range of subjects in the learning areas of The Arts, Technology and Enterprise and Health and Physical Education. The school boasts a well-equipped library to support student’s education.

Staffing Profile

The school has a Principal, two deputy Principals, a Student Services Coordinator, two Heads of Learning Area, an Enterprise and Vocational Education Coordinator, an Inclusive Learning Coordinator and an AIEO. The school also benefits from the shared services of a School Nurse, a Chaplain a School Psychologist and many talented teaching and admin staff. This mix of personnel blends well and contributes to the development of a cohesive and committed school community that works together to benefit all students.

Year 11 and 12 students are offered a full range of secondary courses in ATAR and Certificate II courses. In 2004, Tom Price Senior High School pioneered the Pilbara Pathways Program (PPP) and won the award in 2005 for having the best VET program in Western Australia and in the same year was runner up in the National award.

The school has developed an intervention program for students at educational risk that directly addresses student needs utilising the skills of the Student Services Coordinator, the Inclusive Learning Coordinator, the School Psychologist, the Chaplain, Year Coordinators and mainstream teachers.

School Decision Making

The school community prides itself in its participative decision making processes. Building on the school’s close links with the local community, the democratically elected School board comprises of the principal and representatives from the following groups: Parents, Community, Industry and Staff. The School Board is the overseeing decision making group – examining and approving school development planning and finances. A further avenue for parent participation is available via the Parents and Citizens Association. The student body has a strong and active voice through the election of Student Councillors from Years 7 through to 12. Up-to-date information is provided to parents through regular newsletters, parent information sessions, the school website and via Skoolbag.