About the College
Coffs Harbour Senior College is a unique learning environment providing a specialist HSC experience for students. Centrally located in Coffs Harbour, we share the Coffs Harbour Education Campus with North Coast Institute (TAFE) and Southern Cross University.
Follow the links below to find out more about the College, the Campus and the region, or read our "Frequently Asked Questions" if you'd like to understand more about how the College operates.
At Coffs Harbour Senior College we are committed to preparing students to have the best opportunities once they have left school. We promote a cooperative environment that fosters the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes, self-reliance and a sense of self-worth that will enable students to maximize their personal potential.
At all times students are engaged in learning experiences that are relevant, challenging, achievable, stimulating and useful. Our students benefit from the opportunity to learn in a senior learning environment that enhances their development as responsible, autonomous and self-directed learners.
A Unique Experience
The College is the first of its kind in NSW and is a partner with TAFE and Southern Cross University on one site known as Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC).The College provides opportunities for students who are serious about their education. We provide a comprehensive educational opportunity for students to achieve in an adult learning environment while still having access to a wide range of support services.
State of the Art Facilities
A prime function of the College is to be a tertiary preparation centre for students. Our students have access to computer laboratories, library facilities, commercial kitchens and a student learning centre which provide access to the latest technologies. Students also have access to a cafeteria, coffee shop, automatic teller, Co-Op Bookshop and other facilities not normally available in a traditional school but are available to our students because of the partnership.
A Great Learning Environment
The College provides opportunities for students in Years 11 and 12 to gain their Higher School Certificate in conditions that are without equal in Australia. The college has a different approach to learning and the learning environment. Succinctly, this means that students are expected to take responsibility for their learning in a very supportive adult environment. This approach has been very successful as students have achieved top results consistently in an environment where they have enjoyed learning. Students are on a first name basis with their teachers, and are offered the opportunities to seek support from their mentor teachers and through the after school learning centre.
Students enjoy a refreshing learning environment that encourages a work ethic and a set of values that will give them the edge for their future studies and careers. The college provides students with the widest possible curriculum choices including a range of academically challenging courses and an extensive range of vocational and TAFE courses. Students are even able to access University developed courses.
Have a close look at our website to find out more about the fantastic opportunities we offer for students of the Coffs Coast or contact the college on 02 6659 3010.
The College Leadership team is made up of the College Director John Ward, our Assistant Director David Bateman and the Head Teachers of each faculty (you can see a list of staff here).
We also have a very active student leadership group in our Student Representative Council.
Our staff are involved in a variety of school committees, covering areas such as Welfare, Assessment and Technology, and the College is actively involved in campus-wide committees and reference groups, working with our partners at Coffs Harbour Education Campus.
Every school in NSW is required to produce an Annual School Report, providing an overview of the previous year's performance across a range of measures. These include areas such as enrolment, attendance, and academic achievement.
The 2012 Annual School Report can be downloaded here.
The College produces a detailed College Calendar which is published each year, providing details of the key events and activities for the College. You can download the current College Calendar below.
Coffs Harbour is a wonderful place. Well served by education, health services and transport links, it is perfectly positioned by the sea midway between Sydney and Brisbane. Our climate is second to none. Come and live here.
Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) is a partnership between the NSW Department of Education & Communities, NSW TAFE Commission and Southern Cross University and provides a unique learning environment for senior high school, TAFE and university students in Coffs Harbour. As a shared facility, students are provided with a range of study and learning opportunities in an adult learning environment.
Coffs Harbour Senior College is an integral part of Coffs Harbour Education Campus - which is home to the College, North Coast TAFE and Southern Cross University. All our facilities and grounds are a shared environment, with students and staff from all three organisations working together.
Although CHEC is a large campus, it is easy to find your way around.