We believe all children and young people deserve to thrive, achieve and belong.
About the Berry Street School
The Berry Street School is a specialist independent school that supports 150 students across years 7-12.
Our students are at the centre of everything we do, which is why our programs are designed to meet their individual needs. Our curriculum is delivered with high expectations for student learning and has a focus on helping students build the tools they need for a successful future.
Students at our school have become disengaged from mainstream education. They come from a variety of backgrounds: some have experienced bullying in mainstream schools and some are in out-of-home care (foster, kinship and residential care). This means they often have gaps in their learning.
These students need specialised support to keep them on track with their learning and ensure they have the same opportunities as their peers. Without this support, young people are at risk of disengaging completely from education, which can lead to poorer life outcomes.
The first Berry Street School campus opened in 2003 in Noble Park as a response to local need.
The school has since grown to four campuses in areas where demand for a specialist school was high: Noble Park, Morwell, Shepparton and Ballarat.
The Berry Street Education Model
The Berry Street School uses the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM), which is informed by our approaches to trauma-informed learning and the science of wellbeing.
The model empowers teachers to meet the specific needs of young people and increase students’ engagement with learning. It also helps students improve their self-regulation, growth and academic achievement.
Through BSEM, our school provides a stable, supportive and flexible environment to support students to engage with their studies.
Our learning and teaching approach
We believe all children and young people have the right to a high-quality education that helps them thrive, achieve and belong. Berry Street School students are taught in a varied and flexible way, adapting to their academic requirements and interests.
Every student has an individual education plan with clear learning goals and outcomes, as well as broad life and behaviour goals. These plans help ensure success for every student and allow staff to adapt each young person’s learning to build on their strengths and support them in their life goals. → .
Victorian Certificate for Applied Learning
We offer senior students the Victorian Certificate for Applied Learning (VCAL), in which young people build skills in literacy, numeracy, work related skills, personal development and structured workplace learning.
Students can also access a variety of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and VET in schools courses through VCAL.
Literacy and Numeracy
Our teachers support young people to build their developmental needs in both literacy and numeracy. The Reading Without Limits program supports students to become lifelong readers by boosting a love of learning, learning stamina and reading skills.
The Maths Pathways teaches numeracy in a personalised way with explicit teaching and differentiated assessments.
Health, Physical Education, Technology and the Arts
Students participate in elective activities that develop their skills across the Victorian Curriculum. They have access to technology (such as iPads) and daily opportunities to engage with hands-on, practical and creative learning.
Culturally responsive teaching
Our school fosters a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
We strongly support initiatives for reconciliation in classrooms across all campuses. Our staff are committed to reflect and engage in high-quality teaching to ensure that our practice is culturally responsive.
The Berry Street School's goal is to help all young people be successful on their pathways of choice. As students prepare to leave school, the Pathways Program supports them to develop an individualised plan so they can transition into further education or employment.
The program gives students access to classroom-based learning, work experience and applied training through VET certificates. After graduation, we also regularly check in and provide support to our young people.
Outcomes for students
Our school ensures all students can:
- learn to self-regulate so they can focus and concentrate better in class
- commit to their own measurable academic growth
- learn strategies to become independent and autonomous learners in their schooling, pathway choices and adulthood
- develop an education plan with clear learning goals and outcomes, as well as broad life and behaviour goals.
Stories from our school
Get in touch
For more information about our school or to make a referral, please contact your closest campus:
Assistant Principal Amy Mazzitelli
Assistant Principal Rebecca Robinson
Assistant Principal Damian McKee
Assistant Principal Teresa Deshon
Alternatively, to speak with a staff member over the phone, please call 03 9429 9266.