Tottenham Central School

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Western Access Program

The Western Access Program is an intensive study program that encompasses modern technology to ensure access for students in rural communities to senior secondary studies

WAP - What advantages will it provide for my child?

¿  The Western Access Program allows students who attend central schools to complete their entire schooling within the one environment, Kindergarten to Year 12.

¿ Our students prosper in a safe, inclusive and nurturing learning environment that supports each child in their individual endeavours.

¿ Tottenham Central School and the Western Access Program provide the qualified teachers, support and innovative programs that come from being part of the largest education system in the southern hemisphere. As a NSW government school we are open and accountable in meeting local needs and statewide standards.

¿ Our students develop many important skills through the Western Access Program including independent work habits, accountability and responsibility for their own learning.  

How will your children attend lessons in the Western Access Program?

Students attend video conference tutorials with their subject coordinators two or three times a week for 30 minutes per lesson. This is supported by an in-school co-teacher who is timetabled onto the subject for a minimum of 4 periods a week.

What subjects are offered in the Western Access Program?

NSW Board of Education subjects that are available in the WAP include:

Agriculture, Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Community & Family Studies, English Standard, English Advanced, English Extension, Food Technology, Geography,  Industrial Technology, Information Processes & Technology, Legal Studies, Mathematics General, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension, Modern History, PDHPE, Physics, Senior Science and Visual Arts. 

VET Courses: Business Services - Office Administration, Information Technology, Primary Industries,

Retail Operations, Hospitality Operations, Electro-technology, Construction and Metals & Engineering

CEC/ TVET Courses:

Visual Design, Photography, Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation, Animal Care, Outdoor Recreation and Child Studies.

Universities and the Western Access Program

The Western Access Program has the advantage of a bonus mark scheme where students are given up to six extra marks towards their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Early admission into university courses is also looked upon favourably for WAP program students. Australian universities have identified that the qualities which make a successful student in their system are the very same qualities students possess when they graduate from the Western Access Program. This gives the students at Tottenham Central School a distinct advantage when applying for university placements.