Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne

Principal Cheryl Penberthy
Year levels ELC to 12
Enrolment numbers 1500
Boarding or day Day and boarding
Phone (03) 9808 5811
Fax (03) 9808 5175
Postal address 141 Burwood Hwy, Burwood
Address 141 Burwood Hwy
Burwood VIC

PLC is well recognised as one of Australia’s finest schools for girls. It is an exciting and dynamic learning community, where staff and girls are engaged in their learning and in life itself. It is a nurturing community where girls and young women are given every opportunity to grow and develop, to explore their interests, pursue their passions and develop their talents in a stimulating and supportive environment. Teaching and learning at PLC is marked by innovation, rigour, contemporary practice and the pursuit of excellence. Our commitment is to ensuring that the girls of PLC, both today and in the future, are given every opportunity and are challenged and supported to achieve their best, both personally and academically, across all fields of endeavour, empowering them to live meaningful and fulfilled lives as responsible global citizens. PLC is a school at the forefront of educational thinking and practice for girls. There are many tenets that are foundational to a PLC education: the traditions laid down in PLC’s earliest days; a commitment and belief in the capacity and strength of women; the development of the whole person; the pursuit of personal and academic excellence; a belief that education transforms lives and brings with it a responsibility to use one’s education to make a difference; a commitment to equipping young women to be leaders in their world; an international outlook and the promotion of respect, encouragement, understanding, equity, justice and compassion; a strong focus on looking beyond oneself and to the service of others in need; a clear Christian foundation promoting Christian values and faith, and encouraging a sense of responsibility for oneself, for one another and for the world.

As a Christian independent girls’ school, Presbyterian Ladies’ College aims to provide breadth, strength, balance and quality of education in both the national and international context for the purpose of encouraging leadership, service and life-long personal development and learning. Founded in 1875, PLC’s students consistently achieve the highest of academic standards within an encouraging Christian environment that welcomes girls and their families who represent a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and abilities. The college adopts an internationally-minded approach to studies by drawing on the diversity that exists within a community that includes over 40 different nationalities. Starting in pre-school, students have access to either VCE or IB programs in their final two years.

The tertiary courses that our graduates enrol in are many and extremely varied, a reflection of the thorough and outstanding careers counselling they have had during their final years at school. Most of our graduates will enrol in universities within Victoria, whilst some will study interstate and, in increasing numbers, our graduates are studying internationally. A significant proportion of PLC’s graduates will subsequently study a second degree or seek higher-level degrees in their area of training. Extensive opportunities in language and cultural exchanges, music, drama, sport (over 30 are offered as interschool competition), outdoor education, leadership and service, contribute to a balanced education and give every girl the opportunity to explore and develop her own talents and interests. In a range of individual and team sports, as well as in academic and cultural competitions, PLC students consistently enjoy success at state and national levels.

Recent facility developments at PLC have included an entirely new Junior School building a new Boarding House, a new Learning Resource Centre and a state of the art new Performing Arts Centre. PLC is a vibrant learning community. It is a school of excellence with an exciting future.