Ecumenical Schools Australia is a collegial network of independent, co-educational schools – diverse in size, location and faith background, but united in the advancement of richness in education.
In 2019 there are 18 members educating over 17,700 students.
The members of Ecumenical Schools Australia are generally located in outer metropolitan areas and regional centres, and each has its own distinctive characteristics and values.
The schools are drawn together by their commitment to respect one another’s uniqueness, and their common goal to continuously improve the education provided to their students.
In their diversity, members embrace their differences in profile, strategic direction, pedagogy and faith, while encouraging valuable collaboration between schools, resulting in a vibrant, open-minded, educational community. Faith practice is particularly diverse, with a range of Christian denominations represented and some schools have no formal religious affiliation, but all sharing a fundamental Christian ethos.
Through its activities, Ecumenical Schools Australia seeks to actively improve equity and facilitate access to educational experiences, nurturing excellence in outcomes for students at its member schools.
This is achieved partly through the provision of a range of professional learning programs that build the capacity of educators and leaders.
Ecumenical Schools Australia also supports member schools in executing their financial, operational and compliance obligations and is active in lobbying on behalf of members.
For all of the close co-operation which is nurtured in Ecumenical Schools Australia, members retain their independence.
Ecumenical Schools Australia itself is governed by its members, with its Board of Directors consisting of the Principals of all member schools.
Membership of Ecumenical Schools Australia is growing and enquiries from schools regarding prospective membership are welcomed.
Collectively, Ecumenical Schools Australia members have a stronger voice than they do individually. Member schools are able to take comfort in the knowledge that they are part of a group representing over 17,700 local students, over 3,000 staff, and many regions of Australia.