Kent Street Senior High School is a State Government school located in the suburb of East Victoria Park. It has three specialist education programs - aeronautics, cricket, and fashion and design. The specialist curriculum attracts a large number of students from outside the catchment area with over 50% of students coming from other school districts.
The design of the open space in and around Kent Street Senior High School is particularly conducive to increased levels of physical activity. The school ovals are not fenced allowing the local community to use the school ovals in conjunction with parks alongside the school. There is a small grove of trees surrounding a pedestrian path separating the school and public open space facilities which provides a transition area that is frequently used by the community to walk their dogs. The school ovals provide increased facilities for the community including a football, cricket pitch and nets and, during the athletic season, a marked running track.
Providing the community with access to Kent Street Senior High School's sporting ovals is not the only design feature that supports a healthy active community. Access to public transport, local destinations, and building design also contribute.
Reliable high frequency bus routes encourage students across the Perth Metropolitan Area to access the school using public transport. Bus services along Berwick, George, Rathay and Sussex Streets provide a comprehensive bus network. The proposed light rail between the CBD and Curtin University identified a stop at Harold Rossiter Park; potentially further increasing accessibility for students and the community.
One of the most important design features in promoting walking and cycling is proximity to multiple destinations. The student accommodation is located to the north-east of the school site. Rotary Residential College provides housing for rural and remote children who access the specialised courses at the school. Students can walk from the residential college to classes.
There are a number of other destinations abutting the school. Harold Rossiter Park (a local reserve) and Kensington Bush Forever Bush Land (a regional reserve) are within 300m of the school. A Police and Citizens Youth Club is located to the south-west of the school. A local centre with a supermarket, newsagent and restaurant is 400m to the west.
The school is only a 5 minute bus ride from Curtin University, a 5 minute walk from a community services precinct (including a police station and ambulance base) and an 8-10 minute walk/cycle from local shops on Albany Highway.
The design of the buildings at the school supports physical activity. The usual approach of ensuring a level school site has been replaced with a site that undulates across three levels. The level changes from the lowest point (the ovals to the south) through to classrooms and an administration centre at the top of the hill to the north. This topography has resulted in a number of stairs across the school site. Students and staff regularly use stairs to move between classrooms and different areas of the campus.
- Department of Education and Training
- Staff and students of Kent Street Senior High School
There are a number of health, economic, environmental, social and use benefits to developing a school in close proximity to student accommodation and parks.