Welcome to the Senior School (Years 10 - 12)
Whether studying the IB Diploma program or the SACE, students at Walford are enthusiastic about learning. There is a strong sense of engagement and a genuine desire to learn. Highly qualified teachers who are passionate about their subjects, work closely with the girls in an atmosphere of collaboration and respect. This culture fosters exemplary results.
Life in the Senior School is not only about study. Finding balance is critical. A broad cocurricular program, including a vast array of sporting and musical activities, enables students to flourish. Leadership opportunities abound, including the highly respected peer support program.
Walford cares about the well-being of all of its students. A carefully constructed pastoral care program caters to the changing needs of students as they progress through these final years. In Year 10 the focus is on resilience- social, academic and emotional. Central to this is the new outdoor adventure program offering students a choice of three expeditions, including a camel trek in the Flinders Ranges. In Years 10 - 12 much work is done preparing students for life beyond school, with careful subject counselling, discussion of career paths and visits to tertiary institutions. Our transition to university program is highly valued by Year 12 students.
Walford aims to give students a life-long love of learning, a high sense of self worth and a desire to make a difference as responsible global citizens.
Ms Georgie West
Head of Senior School
Preparing for the Future
In Years 11 and 12, students can choose between the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), both of which provide an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways are offered in areas where there are individual needs.
Full curriculum details for both SACE and the IB Diploma can be found in the Senior School Curriculum Information Book in the Downloads Section at the bottom of this page.
The South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
SACE is a certificate for students in the final years of secondary school. The completion of all requirements for the SACE is necessary for entry into tertiary study.
Students in Year 11 will generally study most of their Stage 1 subjects, and those in Year 12 generally take Stage 2 subjects. However, some variations may be allowed, subject to School policy.
Further information on studying SACE at Walford can be found here.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
The IB Diploma course is an international senior diploma course that is respected and recognised by all Australian and International universities. It provides a rigorous pre-university curriculum with additional extra-curricular requirements that enables graduates to gain admission to universities all over the world.
It builds on the Primary and Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programs, and in line with those, emphasizes critical thinking as well as action.
Students study 6 subjects as well as:
- study The Theory of Knowledge
- write an Extended Research Essay
- undertake a creative activity
- play sport
- participate in community service.
Further information on studying the IB Diploma at Walford can be found here.
Walford has a strong record of girls performing consistently well in both programs over many years. Read more about the achievements of our students here.