THERE is a lot of positivity surrounding next year's high school extension trial at Scottsdale High School.
The school, which has offered some Tasmanian Certificate of Education post-year 10 classes through its Dorset Trade and Training Centre since 2010, is one of six high schools that will kick-off the year 11 and 12 extension.
The program was announced earlier this year by the state government, and school principal Natalie Odgers said it was welcome news. "It's been really well received by the community, and it's giving the students more choices," Ms Odgers said.
Assistant principal Jeanna Bolton-Dean is leading the school's post-year 10 program, and said the extension will provide more than education.
"Some of the students have part-time jobs and they recognise that it's important to have that behind you as you get older," Mrs Bolton-Dean said.
"The students are a big part of the community out here, they are very connected," Ms Odgers added.
The school is looking at developing a two-year pathway for its students, which could see them taking classes from the high school, the trade training centre, the Dorset Education and Training Centre or even via video-link with teachers from Launceston colleges.