Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

    Foundation principal of Inner City College appointed

    6/05/2018 8:00 AM
    • Experienced and skilled school leader appointed as the foundation principal of Inner City College
    • Foundation principal to take up position in July 2018
    • School to open in 2020 for Year 7 students 

    A leading Western Australian secondary school principal has been appointed as the foundation principal of Inner City College (planning name).


    John Burke, currently principal of Belridge Secondary College, will take up the position in July 2018 and lead the establishment of the new Subiaco school for its opening in 2020.


    Mr Burke has a strong track record in school leadership over the past decade, including as principal of Belridge Secondary College since 2015; principal of Hedland Senior High School from 2011 to 2015; and, from 2007 to 2010, as associate principal at Kwinana Senior High School through its transition to Gilmore College.


    Mr Burke has extensive experience leading school reform to improve outcomes for students.


    He is an Independent Public School Principal Fellow, having completed an intensive leadership program in conjunction with Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2016-17.


    Inner City College is being built on Kitchener Park in Subiaco for students from Years 7 to 12. The school will run a Gifted and Talented Program for the State's most able students.


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "I am delighted to welcome John Burke as foundation principal of the new secondary school in Subiaco.


    "Mr Burke will start in July, and will work with the community to set the vision and direction for the school.


    "He will be joining the school during an exciting time - the forward works are underway, and the main building works will start in the middle of the year.


    "Mr Burke's leadership will no doubt help set students up for the jobs of the future."


    Comments attributed to foundation principal John Burke:


    "I'm really looking forward to taking on the leadership of this brand new secondary school.


    "It's a unique opportunity and the possibilities are endless for the students, their families and the community of Subiaco and surrounding areas.


    "I'm excited about working with the community to build a college that excels, both in the way we care for students and in their academic success."


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