The Central West Leadership Academy is a new, independent school in Dubbo aiming to bring a fresh approach to education when it commences its first class of Year 3-6 students in 2018.
The Academy will be built upon the foundation of 21st Century Schooling, providing a future-orientated curriculum that focuses on problem solving, critical thinking and global-mindedness, with the aim of imbuing students with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing, technical world.
The school has a focus on talented students - artistically, academically, through community leadership, technology or sport - including those who may not be flourishing in their current educational environment.
A key element of The Academy curriculum is Tinker Time, where students choose a personal, school or community issue they want to address and use design thinking to research, create and implement a project to address it.
In its inaugural year, The Academy will be located in the Western Plains Cultural Centre, the site of the former Dubbo High School - which Ms Randell attended and which was celebrated in 2017 as part of the 100 year anniversary of secondary education in Dubbo.
Along with Ms Randell, The Academy is governed by a board of directors consisting of dedicated local business and community leaders who are passionate about seeing Dubbo become a nationally recognised leader in primary and secondary education.
Beyond 2018, the Academy will grow to include Years 7-12, including the International Baccalaureate, and in the future will look to provide boarding facilities for students from further afield.
The school is now accepting enrolments for Years 3-6 in 2018 - visit the enrolments page for more information.