Wesley College Melbourne

Wesley College Melbourne is a coeducational, open-entry school of the Uniting Church with a rich tradition and a liberal, broadly based curriculum. Opened on 18 January 1866, Wesley has enriched the lives of thousands of young people for over 150 years.


  • Elsternwick, three year olds to Year 9 - 12 kilometres from Melbourne CBD
  • Glen Waverley, three year olds to Year 12 - 15 kilometres from Melbourne CBD
  • St Kilda Road, three year olds to Year 12 - five kilometres from Melbourne CBD

In addition, the Year 9 residential program operates in Clunes, and there are three outdoor education camps in Victoria, near Paynesville, Healesville and Portland, and the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School.

Academic excellence
Wesley College is one of the top International Baccalaureate Schools in Australia, offering a wide range of academic choices for senior students (see Curriculum). Students from all backgrounds, countries, religions and cultures study at Wesley because of our excellent educational reputation, facilities and student support.

Graduating students move on with much more than an ATAR score - each has been encouraged to aspire to achieve excellence and personal best in all areas of endeavour. The majority of students are offered a place at either The University of Melbourne or Monash University. Students applying to study at The University of Melbourne may receive preferential entry, through the Melbourne Schools Partnership International, of which Wesley College is a member.

This is a splendid testament to the teachers at Wesley who, every year, create many individual stories of success. Many graduates from the college continue their studies at major Australian universities. In addition, others choose international universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard, to study in fields such as medicine, law, commerce, politics, science and information technology.


Wesley College offers a broad curriculum, balanced approach to learning, concern for the whole student and the provision of opportunities for all young people to know, to do, to live with and to be within an innovative and caring environment.

In Years 9 and 10, the curriculum enables students to develop the skills they will need to prepare for the academic rigour of senior studies, in addition to becoming responsible citizens in a global society.

In Years 11 and 12, a very wide range of subject choices is offered across:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) - 44 subjects
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) - 28 subjects
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) - six subjects.

Other opportunities
Wesley College has a wide range of co-curricular programs to support students' learning, including performing and visual arts programs, sport, social service and outdoor education programs.

Past students include two Prime Ministers, 21 politicians, a Nobel Laureate, 33 Olympic athletes, 13 Rhodes Scholars, five Supreme Court judges, one High Court judge, plus many other prominent Australian figures.

  • Accommodation: Wesley is able to arrange carefully selected and monitored homestay accommodation.
  • Learning in Residence: Wesley has established Learning in Residence, a residential facility adjacent to the Senior School at the Glen Waverley campus, which opened in 2016.
  • Guardianship: Whilst it is preferred that students nominate a relative or family friend as a guardian, if this is not possible Wesley will assist in organising a guardian.
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL): A variety of programs such as EAL and programs for gifted and talented students are in place to support all students.
  • International Student Coordinators: Available at each campus, International Student Coordinators provide pastoral care and assistance to students.
  • Specialised career and tertiary preparation: These courses are offered to assist students with studies beyond Year 12.
  • English Language Preparation Program: This program is available for international students at the Glen Waverley campus.

Joe Gu, China

2012 graduate

After the decision was made that I would study abroad and come to Melbourne, my parents and I started the process of selecting my future school. As most traditional Chinese parents would do, my mum and dad found an academic ranking for high schools in Victoria. We then created an initial list and I then went to the school websites to see what sort of programs they offered, and more about their facilities. As a final step of the selection process, my family travelled to Melbourne and we visited a few schools. That's how we found Wesley. I chose to enrol at Wesley College because it offers one of the best educational programs, not only in Victoria, but Australia. In particular, I was hoping to do the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and Wesley is one of only a few schools that offer the program in Victoria. Apart from having an excellent academic program, it also offers really great extra curricular activities, covering everything from drama to debating. As someone who is keen on these, I decided to take my chance and came to Wesley. As well as great educational experiences, I also loved the fact that students at Wesley share a great relationship with staff members; this contrasts sharply with the somehow intense relationship with my teachers back in China. I also love the fact that there's an extra support network in place just for international students - there is an International Student Coordinator whose job it is to help look after us; and there are also student bodies such as the International Relations Society, who organise events that celebrate multiculturalism around the College. All these efforts really make international students feel at home. I would describe Wesley as being a school full of energy that drives you to move forward, and also a school that really supports you in your school life. If you want to go to a school that gives you a quality education, but also bestows the freedom to let your imagination fly, then Wesley is your best choice! Now that school is finished, I plan to do a business degree at the University of Illinois, hopefully majoring in Accounting. Although I will always regard China as my home, I am the kind of guy that likes to travel the world; therefore I'll seize every opportunity I have to travel to as many places as I can. Eventually I hope that I can practice as an accountant in one of the big four accounting firms in China.

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