Brentwood Secondary College is a co-educational, single campus school located in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Glen Waverley within the City of Monash. There are seven other secondary colleges, a specialist science school and eight independent schools located within the City of Monash. The college was built in 1969 to service the then expanding eastern suburbs. The permanent brick buildings feature four main blocks constructed in twin courtyard design. In 2002, School Council funded the construction of a Senior Learning Centre to the north of the permanent building. In 2006, the mathematics and science block was reconstructed and extended under the Department of Education master planning process. Also in 2006, School Council funded the construction of an extensive gymnasium complex adjacent to the college hall. This project was funded with School Council savings and the establishment of a school co-operative.
In 2007, the Thinking, Learning and Creativity centre, a Leading Schools Fund initiative, was constructed at the eastern end of the English block. There are 28 re-locatable classrooms, which are in excellent condition, located on the site. In 2014, two brand new Science re-locatable classrooms were provided by the Department of Education. A new northern courtyard area has since been constructed adjacent to these new rooms. The grounds are very well maintained and the east and west courtyard gardens are quite beautiful, especially in springtime.
Brentwood students come from over forty government and non-government primary schools with the three largest within walking distance. Almost 60% of Brentwood students reside in the local Glen Waverley/Wheelers Hill area and those living outside the neighbourhood area generally travel to school by bus. The college is very well serviced by commercial bus companies. The NEV Regional Director has restricted the enrolment for Brentwood Secondary College due to demand and facilities available at the college.
The Student Family Occupation (SFO) density is calculated at 0.33 which is classified within the low band; the lower the SFO density, the higher the SFO percentile. The higher the SFO percentile therefore implies the higher the socio-economic status of students’ families. The Brentwood SFO percentile is located between the 75th and 95th percentiles relative to other government schools. The proportion of students who access the Education Maintenance Allowance has remained fairly constant at approximately 25%.
The percentage of students from language backgrounds other than English (LBOTE) has remained fairly constant in the past four years, ranging between 42% and 45%. LBOTE applies when either the student or one parent speaks a language other than English at home. The number of students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) heritage has ranged from between three and eight over recent years. The number of students funded under the Program for Students with a Disability (PSD) has ranged from eight to ten over recent years. The number of international students attending Brentwood has ranged between 20 and 30 over recent years.
Upon exiting Brentwood, 98% of year 12 students continue their education at Victorian universities or TAFE colleges. Each year approximately 75% of students continue their education at university, with Monash University being the most popular, and 20% at TAFE colleges or other training providers. Usually about 3% of students defer their studies for a year and a small percentage of students find ongoing employment. A secure education, training or employment pathway beyond Brentwood is a priority for all students.