School Profile Information
Chisholm Catholic College is a co‐educational Year 7 to 12 secondary College located in the suburb of Bedford, in Perth. It caters for students from the surrounding metropolitan area with approximately 1730 students enrolled. It was established in 1989 as a result of the amalgamation of two local Catholic secondary schools, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Marks.
The heart of the College mission is to nurture the formation of each individual student as reflected in the College motto ‐ “Grow in Christ’. This mission is encompassed in all learning programmes and pastoral care structures throughout the College. A very comprehensive curriculum programme and differentiated learning structures cater for the range and large number of students, with the primary aim of providing the best secondary education in a high quality teaching and learning environment.
Students have a range of opportunities and broad pathways including towards University, Technical and Further Education, Vocational and Education Training Certificate qualifications and on the job (work placement) training programmes. Students participate in a full range of co‐curricular programs, featuring interschool sport, the performing and creative arts, debating, mock trials, a variety of academic competitions and study tours and significant cultural programs.
Senior secondary outcomes:
- Under the newly adopted WACE requirements for 2016, 97.1 % of Chisholm’s Year 12 exiting students achieved their WACE (Graduation)
- Chisholm’s Median ATAR in 2016 was 83.70
- Chisholm Catholic College ranked 36th in the top 50 performing schools in Western Australia with the highest median ATAR.
- in 2016 178 students completed a Certificate II
- 48 students completed a Certificate III
- 4 ATAR courses with highest performing students in the state
- 11 ATAR courses with scores above state average
- 26 Certificates of distinction ‐ awarded by SCSA to each eligible student who, in Years 11 and 12, achieves 190–200 points. (points are accrued from A and B grades and VET equivalents)
- 46 Certificates of Merit ‐ awarded by SCSA to each eligible student who, Years 11 and 12, achieves 150–189 points. (points are accrued from A and B grades and VET equivalents)
- Over 31% of the cohort completed more than 220 nominal hours in VET training.
- 82% achieved an AQF VET Certificate II or higher.
- Student Outcomes – compared to National highest 20% and lowest 20% in the National Testing. Analysis shows the school tracking consistently above the National Mean across all distributions.
- Writing – National Schools Mean Score: 511, Chisholm: 533.
- Reading – National Schools Mean Score: 545, Chisholm: 559.
- Numeracy – National Schools Mean Score: 545, Chisholm: 570.
- Writing – National Schools Mean Score: 554, Chisholm: 580.
- Reading – National Schools Mean Score: 580, Chisholm: 593.
- Numeracy – National Schools Mean Score: 584, Chisholm: 609.
Chisholm continues to be a popular choice with parents as evidenced by our continued high level of demand for enrolment and long Waiting Lists.
Strong anecdotal and written feedback to the College highlights the high degree of satisfaction with the strong academic culture, pastoral attention and care for individual students through the PCG structure and overall value for money received in what is seen as a well-resourced school.
In the QCS Insight Survey (next to be completed in 2015) parent and student ratings were high for the review aspects of student learning focus; extra‐curricular opportunities; student safety and classroom behaviour; connectedness to peers and social skills.
Staff generally exhibit a high degree of satisfaction and appreciate the facilities and learning environment provided.
Post School Destinations:
As of the the beginning of 2016, over 90% of students who completed an ATAR course received an offer of University placement.
School Income: School funding sources and details for 2013 can be found on the My School website.