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About The Academy


  • We are an independent school run by Melbourne City Mission.
  • We deliver evidence-based, flexible learning options.
  • We offer VCAL and VET courses in a supportive learning environment.

The Hester Hornbrook Academy is an independent school that’s dedicated to doing things a little differently.

We know how crucial education is in setting ourselves up for the future, we also know ordinary schooling isn’t for everyone. So, we promote flexible education that is driven by the personal pursuits of our students.

We combine education and wellbeing into everything we do. A teacher and a youth worker are available in every classroom.

We support students not only in their schooling, but in all aspects of life to ensure they learn at their own pace, their way.


Our learning options

Our innovative model provides an abundance of choices and opportunities. Students are encouraged to pursue a unique learning journey to gain practical skills, work towards personal goals and take charge of their future.

Short courses

Short accredited and non-accredited courses, including the Responsible Service of Alcohol, First Aid, Barista Training and Safe Food Handling.

Young Mums' Classrooms

Students can be pregnant and bring their baby in to class and learn together.

Outreach education and workshops

Through Connect Youth we offer small, group-based workshops, outreach education and case management.

We also help our students to access external training through TAFEs and private providers.

Our mission

Our mission is to provide an innovative, inclusive and engaging educational experience that will:

Our vision

A fair and just community where all young people have equal access to education and the opportunity to create their own future.

Learn more about how we’re doing things differently.


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