Tasmania has achieved an improvement of 10 per cent for TCE attainment, a new report has shown.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff released the Education Scorecard report at Prospect High School on Friday.
He said the increase in TCE attainment was a sign the government’s plan to extend high schools to year 11 and 12 was working.
Prospect High School is one of five schools that will extend to years 11 and 12 in 2019.
Principal Lee Barker said Prospect High School was looking forward to their extension next year and had 20 enrolments already.
“These students are able to have smaller classes and an environment that is really supportive,” she said.
“They are with their teachers they already know and have relationships with.”
Mrs Barker said there had been considerable interest and support for the plan from the school community.
Grade 10 student Hayden Cooper said he had thought about Launceston College but the option of smaller class sizes led him to stay at Prospect High School.
He said it was a major factor in his decision and had friends in similar situations.
“I had a couple of friends who were unsure, but they have changed their minds in the past couple of days,” he said.
Mr Rockliff said there were now 38 schools across the state who have extended to years 11 and 12.
He said the extension school program had adapted to work well with the existing college system.
Mrs Barker said Prospect High School had agreements with both Launceston College and Newstead College and offered dual enrolment.
Mr Rockliff said no college would close under the government’s system.
Grade 10 student Isabella Smith said she would have a dual enrolment with Launceston College and Prospect, with the majority of her subjects studied at Prospect.
She said her decision had been informed by her field of study, nursing, but she wanted to stay at her high school because of her teachers, along with her friends.
Other schools that will extend to years 11 and 12 in 2019 are: Penguin District School, Kings Meadows High School, Parklands High School and Winnaleah District School.
- CAITLIN JARVIS