A Department of Education decision that schools can no longer use programs/approaches such as SEAL to select students for entry to the school means that at BPC our existing SEALP program will be discontinued upon the completion of our current SEAL programs.
Schools, such as BPC, that have reached their enrolment capacity are not permitted to enrol students from outside neighborhood boundaries on the basis of an academic test/results. Essentially this has always been the DET policy, but different governments interpret and enforce this policy in different ways.
This is now the case for our school and testing for students to enter the college in via a SEAL program no longer occurs
For students in current SEAL classes it will be business as usual with our classes remaining as SEAL class groups until they reach senior school and VCE.
As a school we are committed to provide extension opportunities for all students at BPC, ensuring pathways are personalised and students have early entry VCE opportunity based upon academic results during years 7 to 9. We adopt the best aspects of the SEAL content and pedagogy to enrich the whole curriculum. Extending students starts with knowing them deeply and this will continue to be our core focus for the future.
We look forward to working closely with all students’ families, providing personalised pathways of extension and enrichment long into the future.