Chapman Valley Primary School is one of 73 schools across the state to join the Liberal-National Government’s Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative.
Member for Moore Shane Love MLA said there had been a detailed development and selection process.
“The barriers that used to prevent principals and staff from providing the very best teaching and learning environments for students are being stripped away,” Mr Love said.
“Principals of Independent Public Schools say they have never looked back. They have the authority at school-level to select staff, run budgets and decide how their schools operate.”
Along with five brand new schools opening for the first time in WA next year, there will be 524 Independent Public Schools in 2017, with more than 83% of public school students.
In this intake, more than 100 school communities applied to join the initiative, and the standard was so high the initial cap of 50 schools was extended to 73.
“This is a great day for our public schools, and I look forward to hearing how community members will take a greater role in their operation,” Mr Love said.
School staff and council members will be part of a comprehensive transition program next term to prepare them for Independent Public School status.
More information is available at: www.education.wa.edu.au