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Wesley College Elsternwick

Wesley College Elsternwick

VIC, Melbourne Southern Suburbs & Western Port









A True Education

Wesley College is a leading coeducational, open-entry, IB World School. Established more than 150 years ago, the College has enriched the lives of thousands of students throughout its history.

At the heart of Wesley’s approach to education is our commitment to developing well rounded individuals who aspire to achieve their personal best in all areas of learning.

The College supports the development of every girl and boy from early childhood years through to Senior School, across three Melbourne metropolitan campuses.

  • Elsternwick: Three-year-olds to Year 9
  • Glen Waverley: Three-year-olds to Year 12
  • St Kilda Road: Three-year-olds to Year 12

At Wesley, the concept of the classroom extends beyond the traditional school space to a variety of settings, contexts and physical locations, which expose, immerse and connect students to real-life learning opportunities. Some of these unique opportunities include: 

  • a Year 9 residential program in Clunes
  • three Outdoor Education Camps in Victoria – Chum Creek, Lochend and Camp Mallana
  • year 10 induction program at the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School in the Kimberley, Western Australia
  • specialist international and local tours to support students’ learning.

Academic Excellence 

Wesley College is one of the top VCE and IB schools in Australia, attracting students from a diverse range of countries and cultures. We have a long-standing tradition of academic success.

In 2017, 62% of our Year 12 students studied the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and 38% studied the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).

Here are some highlights of their outstanding achievements:

  • 3 IB DP students achieved the highest possible ATAR of 99.95 and a perfect score of 45.  These students are: Amelia Goulding Holland, Jordi Shahab and Dorothea Yannoulidis
  • The IB DP median ATAR was 93.45
  • The Wesley combined median ATAR for VCE and IB DP was 86.70
  • 113 perfect study/subject scores were attained across the VCE and IB DP cohort 
  • The percentage of 40+ (or equivalent) study scores for VCE and IB DP was 29%

Many of our Year 12 students have received their first choice university offers from Melbourne’s top universities. With 55% of our students attending the University of Melbourne and Monash University, this reflects the high academic standard of teaching and learning at the College.   

A balanced education 

At Wesley, we offer a comprehensive curriculum which enables students to reach their full potential. 

Wesley is the first authorised IB World School in Victoria to offer the IB curriculum framework from early childhood learning through to Year 12.

Wesley’s open, inclusive, safe and vibrant environment nurtures and stimulates each individual to develop as an active and responsible physical, emotional, intellectual social and spiritual being. 

Students are offered a rich variety of opportunities that promote academic excellence and cocurricular learning. Individual student interests are supported through a range of extension and enrichment programs, including visual and performing arts, sport, music, outdoor education and community service.  

Wesley students have won countless awards for their outstanding achievements in debating, music, visual arts, drama, literary festivals, and in national academic competitions. 


The College has produced many outstanding alumni including: 

  • 2 former Australian Prime Ministers
  • 1 Kyoto Prize winner
  • 1 Nobel Laureate
  • 23 Politicians
  • 13 Rhodes Scholars
  • 1 High Court Judge, 7 Supreme Court Judges, 2 Federal Court Judges and 1 Family Court Judge
  • 36 Olympic Athletes
  • A multitude of prominent Scientists, Teachers, Artists, Musicians, Actors, Leaders in Business and Philanthropy

Key facts

School uniform

School Uniform

The uniform is compulsory and enforced

Gender in depth

Other requirements

Boarding school

Offer IB

Accepts international students

Offers VCAL

Offers VET

Our Curriculum

Subjects overview

Subjects overivew

Math classes: streamed and mixed
English classes: mixed
LOTE taught:
Chinese, French, Japanese

How our students performed in Year 12


Bachelor enrolled 71%

TAFE/VET enrolled 5%

Apprentice/Trainee 5%

Employed 3%

Activities and Support staff



12 music options
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20 sporting activities
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Support staff

Support Staff

14 support staff
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Accelerated learning

Support Staff

1 accelerated learning
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School Details

Principal: Dr Helen Drennen AM

5 Gladstone Pde Elsternwick VIC 3185

Tel: (03) 8102 6808

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