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Berry Street School

Gippsland region Hume region South Eastern region Western region

Student writing

The Berry Street School is a specialist independent school that supports around 200 students from years 7 to 12. We have 4 campuses across Victoria in Ballarat, Morwell, Narre Warren and Shepparton.

Our vision is for all children and young people to have a high quality education where they thrive, achieve and belong. Our students are at the centre of everything we do, and our programs are designed to meet their individual needs.

The need for our school

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 individualised support to keep them on track with their learning and make sure they have the same opportunities as their peers. Without this support, young people are at risk of disengaging completely from school, which can lead to poorer life outcomes.

Our approach

Our approach at the Berry Street School is unique. We support students to set goals for their future - whether that's education, training or employment. We do this with an approach of:

  • high expectations
  • personalised teaching
  • hands-on learning
  • a calm and caring environment.

We take a practical approach to teaching and learning that allows teachers to engage students who need specialist support.

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. BSEM promotes wellbeing in the school and supports teachers to meet the individual needs of each student.

Using BSEM, we can improve all students':

  • self-regulation (how they manage their responses and reactions)
  • growth
  • academic achievement.

Find out more

For more information on the Berry Street School, including enrolments, campus details, contact information and what student life is like, please visit the Berry Street School website.