Established in 1956, Blackburn High School is a co-educational Government secondary school that enjoys an outstanding reputation and a long tradition of excellence that has evolved through a lot of hard work by the staff, students and parents with a common belief that learning is a lifelong pursuit and improved student outcomes are a priority.
Blackburn High School is a vibrant, innovative, caring and inclusive community where students work together to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. We have a culture of high expectations that encourages students to be optimistic, feel valued, embrace challenges and to use these experiences to persevere, learn and grow. The behaviours and actions of all members of the school community are referenced to our core values: Respect, the Pursuit of Excellence and Citizenship.
The distinctive uniform worn by our students expresses the collective pride we share in our school. The House system fosters the development of smaller learning communities where students feel that they belong, are listened to and are known.
The School has a strong focus on the holistic development of each student through their involvement in the rich academic and out of class activities, and the student leadership programs. We provide a comprehensive, challenging curriculum that encourages a strong work ethic, as well as many out of class opportunities that enhance student school life. These include: clubs, STEM, camps and tours, our highly acclaimed Instrumental Music program, the very successful Sport program that includes Sport Coaching and the Duke of Edinburgh programs, the Languages program with student exchanges to France and our sister school in Germany, and an outstanding Arts program.
The school offers a wide range of core and enrichment elective subjects for Years 7-10 students and a High Achievers’ Program and STEM in Years 7, 8 and 9. We provide an extensive range of studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education as well as offering subjects from the Vocational Education and Training. In addition, some Year 12 students may be offered an opportunity to study a university subject.
The school is situated on a large, spacious 12-hectare site with extensive, well maintained facilities, grounds, gardens, a range of sporting fields and a number of specialist spaces.