Powerhouse Schools

The Connection identifies and invests in Powerhouse schools that have demonstrated excellent outcomes despite challenging circumstances.

This investment in Powerhouse Schools is used to support sustained improvement and innovation, and to systematically capture insights, approaches and outcomes, in order to build a credible and usable evidence base for what works. It also assists and empowers school leaders to understand deeply and articulate the action and strategy driving their successes.

The leadership teams of these schools participate in a five year partnership with SVA, receiving:

  • A financial allocation across five years, in support of leader and teacher development, engagement of consultants and resources to create or expand a school improvement initiative
  • A program of support including tailored school visits and brokering of partnerships from an extended network to assist design and implementation of the school improvement initiative
  • A program of opportunities to learn and network with leaders through quarterly Thought Leadership Gatherings
  • A program of support for monitoring and evaluation in order to systematically understand approaches and outcomes

The Connection currently supports eight Powerhouse Schools across Victoria and New South Wales.


VictoriaNew South Wales
Broadmeadows Primary School
Dandenong North Primary School
Hume Central Secondary College
St Albans Secondary College
Silverton Primary School
Merrylands East Public School
Rooty Hill High School
Toronto High School