North Mandurah Primary School included in Independent Public Schools initiative

North Mandurah Primary School principal James Peletier and program coordinator Debbie Hawthorn. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.
North Mandurah Primary School principal James Peletier and program coordinator Debbie Hawthorn. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

Primary schools in Mandurah and North Dandalup will start 2019 as Independent Public Schools, education minister Sue Ellery has announced.

North Mandurah Primary School and North Dandalup Primary School are part of 42 across Western Australia to make the switch.

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Ms Ellery said as part of the initiative, schools and their communities are empowered to make local decisions.

The program is designed to give principals more flexibility on matters such as recruitment and governance, while increasing autonomy.

“Western Australia is leading the way in giving local schools and communities more say on their children’s education,” Ms Ellery said.

“By helping schools and communities come together, we are ensuring children’s learning, welfare and development is the driving force of all decisions.

“I am very pleased to welcome more schools to the Independent Public Schools initiative next year, and look forward to seeing how it benefits their students and school communities.”

The additional 42 schools takes the number of Independent Public Schools to 573 across WA.