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Hester Hornbrook Academy. School, Only Different

Hester Hornbrook Academy is an independent senior secondary school which offers a flexible learning and wellbeing environment for students aged 15 - 25.

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Traditional school isn’t for everyone, so we provide flexible, individual learning programs for all our young people.

We Focus on Learning and Wellbeing

At Hester Hornbrook Academy, we combine education and wellbeing support with a teacher, youth worker and education support officer in every classroom.

Everyone’s journey is different, our innovative model is designed to embrace differences and provide choices and opportunities.

Our experienced and passionate team see potential – not problems. We’re here to support students in every aspect of life and to see them transition to successful, post-secondary pathways. Everyone’s journey is different, our innovative model is designed to embrace differences and provide choices and opportunities.

Our flexible learning options give students the chance to:

  • Develop their literacy and numeracy skills
  • Successfully complete a secondary school certificate
  • Gain practical project-based skills
  • Pursue their own individual learning goals
  • Take charge of their futures


Still taking enrolments for 2024 – including our exciting new offering, Hybrid Classroom - a class designed for young people who would benefit from a balance of online and in person learning opportunities.

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Multidisciplinary Classrooms

Every classroom is led by a teacher, youth worker and educational support officer, enabling students to build strong relationships and access the support they need. Our class sizes ensure safe, welcoming space for students to develop their literacy and numeracy skills and to gain confidence in learning and in themselves.

Our classrooms are not like traditional school classrooms – our classrooms are:

  • Small community learning hubs
  • In the heart of vibrant Melbourne communities
  • Close to public transport
  • Inviting and accepting of all

Choose Your Learning Journey

We offer a range of learning options, tailored to the interests, educational needs, and goals of our students. Our programs involve building literacy and numeracy skills through applied learning. Our students can choose their own learning journey.

Key features of a learning journey:

  1. Our Healing Oriented Program of Education (HOPE) is built upon a foundation of safety, trust, agency and supportive relationships. HOPE takes a holistic view of a young person’s needs and development, with a multi-disciplinary and coordinated approach to wellbeing and learning
  2. Applied Learning Certificate. Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) or VCE Vocational Major (VM).
  3. Parent Friendly Classrooms cater for parents expecting or with their child. Parent and child have access to wellbeing, education and childcare supports.
  4. Engage Youth Program, providing outreach education, small group-based workshops, and case management support.
  5. A range of VETiS Certificate options are available including Hospitality, Business, Music and Visual Arts, Sport and Rec, and Community Services.
  6. Hybrid Classroom designed with careful consideration for supporting the wellbeing of young people who would benefit from having a balance of online and in-person learning opportunities. Students can learn in their own surroundings, whilst also having the time to develop friendships and build learning stamina away from the screen.

All information for current Hester Hornbrook Academy students can be found on our school website. Please note, you will be leaving the website.

Mental health support for young people to finish school

Our Living Learning program provides education and support for young people aged 15 to 21 who are disengaged from employment, education and training and who have a mental health condition.

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