Roma Mitchell Secondary College (Girls’ Education Campus)

Principal Stammy Overell
Year levels 8 to 12
Enrolment numbers 491
Boarding or day day
Phone 08 8161 4600
Fax 08 8161 4650
Postal address Briens Road, Gepps Cross

Roma Mitchell Secondary College is a new multi-campus secondary school which opened in Term 1 of 2011. Our brand new facility is purpose-built to engage students in 21st Century learning. It provides state-of-the-art flexible learning spaces within three campuses: girls-only, co-educational, and special education, co-located onto the one school site. The Co-Education Campus attracts students from within the local school zone. The Girls’ Education Campus is not zoned and students enrol from the broader metropolitan area. Student placement into the Special Education Campus is managed by the Northern Adelaide Regional Office staff through the Special Options Placement Process. Our school provides a rigorous, quality education for families living in the inner northern suburbs of Adelaide. It is designed to support students aspiring to university, TAFE and other community pathways. Students have the broader curriculum advantages of a large school and the security and support of being part of a smaller learning community. We are planning to offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program for students in years 8-10. Students in the senior school (years 11-12) study the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Some students also choose to study nationally recognised certificates in vocational education and training at the same time as they complete their SACE. We have a purpose-built Special Education Campus that caters for the learning, social and physical needs of students with intellectual disabilities. Staff in this campus are highly skilled in working with special needs students and undergo ongoing professional development in this area. Our school also provides the option of a separate girls-only campus. This provides families with the choice of having their daughters in girls-only classes and extra-curricular activities. Teachers at the Girls’ Education Campus are skilled in engaging girls in developing confidence and empowering them to achieve their potential in academic, sporting and social pursuits. We provide programs where students have the opportunities to pursue their passions and talents. Partnerships have been formed with Cycling SA, Hockey SA and Football Federation SA (Soccer) to offer special interest sport programs in cycling, hockey and soccer. The South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy is available to Aboriginal students in years 10-12. We also offer a specialised gifted and talented program, international programs and co-curricular programs in sport, recreation, student leadership, the arts, and public speaking. More than 40% of the students who attend the school have a language other than English. Many have been in Australia for less than two years. Almost 20% of our students have an intellectual disability, with the majority of these students attending the Special Education Campus and special classes. These students take part in the National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy so that we can use this data to support their learning in the senior school. Our 2011 school improvement priorities are in literacy with a focus on comprehension, numeracy and SACE completion. All teachers have undertaken a professional development course in the ‘Tactical teaching of reading’ and have formed professional learning communities within each learning area to ensure there is a common approach to the teaching of reading and comprehension strategies.