Vocational School - Inspiring Career Focused Learning

Opening January 2022

We believe all young people are capable of success

The Y has a long history of supporting young people. Here in Australia the Y has been providing high-quality education for young people who are looking for alternative learning to mainstream schooling.

The Y WA recognises the importance of providing the right learning environment to improve the social, educational and employment outcomes for young people, in particular those who have experienced challenges effectively engaging in education or training.

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The Mirrabooka Campus

The first Y Vocational School in Western Australia is conveniently located in Mirrabooka, 12km north of Perth’s CBD.

Opening in 2022, initially for Year 10-11 students and then including Year 12 students in 2023, our small, independent school will accommodate up to 100 high school aged students who have previously experienced challenges engaging in education. Our highly experienced teachers and youth workers provide educational programs to promote continuous engagement and meet individual student learning needs and interests, whilst placing an equal emphasis on social and psychological development, to improve the educational and employment outcomes for our students.

We are a Curriculum and Re-engagement (CARE) school and are affiliated with the Association of Independent Schools WA (AISWA). The Y Vocational School provides a holistic education, recognising the uniqueness of every young person and working with each of our students to create a personal and sustainable pathway.

Our Vision

To improve the education and life opportunities of our students so they can reach their full potential.

Our School Culture

Our school is a community, built on trusting and reliable relationships. Our staff and students work together to create an environment that is nurturing and allows progress to take place. While we focus on preparing our young people to engage in their future, we also focus on enjoying the present.

We provide a safe environment where all young people keen to learn can enjoy a sense of belonging, regardless of their gender, sexuality, religion, or difference. We work in partnership with students to build their self-worth and resilience, teaching self-regulation and inspiring positive attitudes and behaviours towards themselves, their families, and the school community, to encourage their success so they can become happy, healthy adults and thriving members of our communities.



The Y Vocational school provides an Individual Learning Plan (IEP) for each student. This recognises the different skill levels of each student in each area of study. Learning is then scaffolded to provide each learner with an opportunity to progress. We meet each student where they are and assist them to develop new pathways. We promote a growth mindset and acknowledge progress in a positive and nurturing way.

Career Opportunities

Every student who completes their schooling with us will achieve a nationally recognized qualification to help their career possibilities. We offer Certificates I, II and III in General Education for Adults (CGEA), as well as Vocational training opportunities through community partnerships, which lead to qualifications and employment in a variety of industries.

All our Year 10 students learn English, Mathematics, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Art, Science and Technology (STEM). Whilst our Year 11 and 12 students also study Health, PE, Protective Behaviours, Humanities, in addition to CGEA in literacy and numeracy, and additional electives.

We focus our teaching literacy and numeracy skills using evidence-based programs and to track our students progress we take part in the national OLNA tests in Semesters 1 and 2.

We also teach essential skills, including interview techniques, punctuality, and appropriate workplace behaviour.



Thrive is our wellbeing framework and is based on a neuroscientific understanding of the effects of trauma on a young mind. Our staff are trained to work with students who have experienced trauma and/or mental health conditions which may have prevented them from thriving in mainstream educational. We counteract this by setting achievable goals rewarding progress and encouraging positive interaction.


Additional Support

Alongside academic success, social and emotional development is a high priority at our school. To inspire learning and consistent engagement:

  • Our teachers are trained in supporting trauma-affected young people
  • We have youth workers in each classroom and case management support
  • Our class sizes are no more than 20 students
  • Our psychologist provides one on one support and counselling
  • Wellbeing classes focus on managing mental health


How to Enrol

Students may be referred from their previous high school, Participation or Transition teams, from medical and mental health professionals, or self-refer via the enrolment form on our website. Each application is reviewed by our School Principal and Youth Manager.

The Mirrabooka Campus will be located at Unit 8, 1 Chesterfield Road, Mirrabooka.


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