At Walford we believe that it is important for your daughter to be her best! For more than 120 years Walford has maintained a dedication to excellence in the education of girls. But there's more to education than exemplary academic results.
Walford is a dynamic girls’ school offering a friendly, family-orientated environment where each student is encouraged to be the best she can be.
Progressive teaching and guidance are provided in state-of-the-art facilities to provide our students with the very best preparation to follow their future ambitions.
Our school is a vibrant community where learning is prioritised and lifelong friendships formed. Our campus is designed to facilitate positive interactions across year levels and to provide the sense of belonging and connectedness that each girl should feel with her school.
Walford warmly welcomes students from ELC (boys are welcome to attend ELC sessions) to Year 12, including boarding and international students.
The First to Offer the International Baccalaureate Programs
We were the first girls’ school in Australia to offer all three programs of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the first girls’ school in South Australia to offer the IB Diploma (students are also welcome to study the SACE program in Years 11 and 12).
The IB continuum of programs develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills of students, enhancing their capacity to live, learn, work and excel in our increasingly global world.
More than half of Walford Year 12s consistently achieve a Tertiary Entrance Ranking in the top 10% of the state, and well over 95% of Walford graduates go on to University. Over twelve percent of our class of 2015 achieved an ATAR above 99.
As well as a record of outstanding academic achievement, Walford enjoys a reputation for excellence in sporting, musical and dramatic performances.
Courage and Truth at the Core
Walford’s motto, “Virtute et Veritate” (with Courage and Truth) underpins everything we do.
At Walford, your daughter is challenged to think for herself, show consideration of others, to develop courage and respect the truth. Our students complete their schooling with their self-esteem firmly in place, confident to determine their future anywhere in the world.
These values form the foundation of the strong sense of community and purpose at Walford. Students recognise the importance of contributing to society through participation in a wide variety of social service activities.
A Special Place within the School
Walford is divided into four development-appropriate places. We welcome girls and boys to our Early Learning Centre, which provides a fun and secure environment in which to learn. The learning journey then continues for girls in our Junior School, which incorporates Reception through Year 5. Our Middle School provides an inspiring and engaging space for our Year 6-9 students to explore and thrive. The growing maturity and independence of our Year 10 to 12 students is recognised in the Senior School.
Supportive and Inclusive
At Walford the wellbeing of students and their character development is at the heart of everything we do. Teachers ensure that students feel safe in a school that is inclusive, friendly and supportive. At Walford the girls are known and valued by their teachers and peers.
Sharing the Passion
Despite their unique and diverse backgrounds, the teachers at Walford share a common vision as they strive for excellence in the classroom. They are passionate about their profession and use data and feedback readily to inform their practice. Our teachers are able to identify and develop the special strengths and interests in their students who in turn enjoy inspiring classes taught by teachers doing what they love.
Superb Location and Facilities
Walford is superbly located at 316 Unley Road, in the attractive surrounds of Hyde Park. We are conveniently located just 4 kilometres south of Adelaide’s CBD and less than 12 kilometres from the coast.
Students enjoy modern, well-equipped educational, performing and sporting facilities. Our magnificent Helen Reid Hall serves as a performing arts centre, with tiered seating and professional sound, light and staging.
The Walford Sports Centre is an outstanding indoor facility, incorporating indoor courts, a viewing platform, fitness room and movement studio. Students also have access to tennis/netball courts, hockey fields, an oval and heated swimming pool.
Specialist art, drama and music facilities enable students to develop their own special talents and skills.
Our modern, well-appointed boarding house reflects the family ethos that pervades the school. A cafeteria, with alfresco dining, ensuite bathrooms, entertainment areas and single rooms for the older girls help create a wonderful environment for girls living away from home.