Indie School

Indie School is a registered and accredited non government school specifically designed for the inclusion of those young people who have been unable to complete their studies in mainstream schools. It is designed for students aged 15 – 19 years who are not in traditional school.

The greatest difference between Indie School and many other alternative education settings is that our foundations lay in Adult Education philosophies. Choice, independence, mutual respect, accountability all have a significant role to play.
 

Smaller class sizes allow students greater opportunity to identify their strengths and work to improve areas in which they lack confidence.
 

Indie School provides students the opportunity to learn in a supportive environment that uses individualised learning plans tailored to each students own education/life circumstances. In return for higher levels of self responsibility, the students can enjoy some greater freedoms. 

Our Philosophy

We believe that every young person has the ability to shine.  We also know that self belief is the key to bringing this to the forefront.

 

Our School is different, we focus on:

  • Developing strong relationships in adult settings

  • Exploring the capacities of each individual student and helping them to grow into capable young adults.

  • Closing the gaps caused by disjointed prior education experiences

  • Assisting students to believe in themselves and a future they want to create

 

Indie School is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people.  View Indie School's Child Safe Standards here

Our History

Renamed as Indie School at the end of 2016, the schools are owned and run by the Albury Wodonga Community College Ltd. The school in Wodonga began in 2006 with 26 senior students undertaking Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). 

Indie School works with a wide range of education providers, community and government agencies and links with community services.

Indie School Wodonga commenced in 2006 and was set up to deliver the Victorian Curriculum of Applied Learning (VCAL) to Year 11 and 12 students. We sought to support students who had a history of poor school attendance and struggled with their literacy and numeracy skills.

 
 
Strengths Based Approach to Learning

Indie School & Australian College of Higher Education Research Review (PDF)

Strength Based Approaches to education recognise and value the knowledge and skills that young people bring to their learning. 

 

The attached research highlights the role of alternative learning programs for young people and in particular the efficacy of programs run by Indie School and supported by our RTO, the Australian College of Higher Education, also operated through Albury Wodonga Community College.  View the full research review here.  

 
Indie School Advisory Committee (Victoria)

​The Indie School Advisory Committee (Victoria) was established in 2019 by the Board of Directors. Committee members reflect on matters of compliance and regulations pertinent to the Indie School(s) Victoria operations bringing their own experiences and advice that will support the Indie School(s) to the benefit of students and staff. Members monitor the appropriate monthly expenditure of Indie School(s) Victoria funding against approved Board of Directors budgets. ​

 

The Board Advisory Committee is encouraged to provide:

  • Advice on cross-sector reforms that will contribute to improved Indie School(s) and therefore to Victorian school education system outcomes

  • Advice on funding, accountability and reporting issues that affect Indie School(s)

  • Advice on policy development that contributes to improved outcomes for Indie School(s) students

  • Advice on regulatory issues relevant to State and Commonwealth statutory authorities

Indie School Advisory Committee (Victoria) Members

Jan Wyatt-Brown

  • Tertiary studies in Administration and Leadership

  • Retired school principal

  • Past involvement in teacher training and graduate recruitment

  • Former President Albury District Principals Association

  • Chairperson Kirinari Community Services

  • Currently involved with music program in district school

Derek Colquhoun

  • ​Professor – Hull University (UK) retired

  • Past research positions in Victoria and Tasmania

  • Australian publications on Health promoting schools and national health/education Australian Research Council, Victorian Health Promotion Foundations and Department of Human Services

  • Awarded an Education Trust Leadership Award - Victoria

Shanti Wong

  • ​Experienced independent education consultant running own business with husband - Starfish Consultancy. They are both experienced in project management, report writing, evaluation, research, data analysis and partnership brokerage. They work with schools, community agencies, local government and educational organisations

  • Shanti is also an Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant