From the Principal

Welcome to The Hester Hornbrook Academy Website.


The Hester Hornbrook Academy began in 2011 as a small Community VCAL provider for young people connected with the Melbourne City Mission programs and services. Today we are an Independent Flexible Senior Secondary School, able to offer a free, high quality education with extensive wellbeing and academic supports.


We are a leader in the flexible school setting and provide year-round enrolment opportunities for students who have not flourished in a traditional school setting. Providing VCAL and VET programs for students aged between 15 and 25 years of age, we aim to ensure that through individualised programs and timetables our students can achieve success in education and establish pathways to employment and further education.


At HHA we are constantly evolving programs and individual learning plans to ensure students are reengaged in education and that their wellbeing needs are supported. Our Educational Classroom Educators offer specific learning supports for each of our learners in order to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. We establish a clear understanding of the academic ability and skill level of every student and we help all our students achieve their very best.


With an emphasis on supporting the wellbeing needs of our students, persistence, team work, respect for diversity and personal best, our students are supported by a classroom team comprising an educator and a youth worker. Additional supports provided by an educational psychologist, a clinical psychologist and educational support staff ensure that the social and emotional health of our students are understood and supported.


Our exciting new development is a purpose-built campus at Harvester Road in Sunshine which will be ready for 2021. HHA is a Special Assistance School, we provide a senior school certificate as a flexible setting to disengaged young people between the age of 15 – 25 years. The students arrive to us with significant trauma having occurred in their lives or currently occurring, many of our students have social and emotional disabilities. This includes significant mental health concerns.


This campus will offer our students a range of additional program opportunities. It includes a young mum’s classroom, HEAT Hospitality Kitchen, fitness gym and technology area. This campus will be a leader in design and function in the flexible school setting.


We are a place of welcome to all students regardless of their academic abilities, past school experiences or wellbeing needs. I look forward to welcoming you to a place of respect, community and safety for all learners.


Sally Lasslett


The Hester Hornbrook Academy