Footscray City College

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Footscray City College
Kinnear Street, Footscray, Victoria 3011
Type Government (public)
Established 1916
School district Maribyrnong
Principal Maria Bawden
Grades 7 to 12
Number of students Approx. 850
Campus type Urban
Assistant principals Stephanie Campbell, Robert McLeod
Specialty Science, Technology and The Arts

Footscray City College is a Year 7-12 and TAFE co-educational school (college) that is located in Melbourne, Australia. It is adjacent to Victoria University's Footscray Park campus, and Footscray Park itself. Approximately 850 students attend, primarily from the local area, but also from further afield. The Sciences and the Arts are the curriculum strengths of the college, and an extensive range of subject and programs choices are offered, including an outstanding instrumental music program and a comprehensive sports program.[1]

Around December 5, 2013, the college was confirmed as one of only 15 schools to form into a network of schools with the University of Melbourne. The network provides opportunities for the college to enter into a structured program that focuses upon excellence in teaching and learning practice and the improvement of student learning outcomes.[2]

The college also offers the Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Program, which provides a focused educational environment for academically gifted children.,[3][4]

The "Footscray City College Film and Television School" makes up the tertiary (TAFE) part of the college.


In March 1916, the Footscray Technical School began teaching at what is now Victoria University's Footscray Nicholson campus. In July 1958, the school was renamed "Footscray Technical College" in line with Education Department reforms to technical schools at that time.[5] On 25 September 1968, it was renamed "Footscray Institute of Technology" (FIT).[6]

On 1 July 1972 the secondary education part of the Institute was separated and named "Footscray Secondary Technical School". It continued to operate on the Nicholson St site.[7] However, its council was not established until early 1975, a new site (on Ballarat Rd) was not acquired until 1975 and was not ready for occupation until May 1980. Thus during this period it remained closely linked to the Institute.

It eventually became known as "Footscray City Secondary College". Today it is known as "Footscray City College". The tertiary component is known as "Footscray City Films".



The college is home to a wealth of 'clubs' for its many students to participate in at their own command, which are as follows:

  • Marie Curie Girls Science Club;
  • Boys Science Club;
  • Chess Club;
  • Photography Club;
  • Caught Read Handed – reading club;
  • CineCity Film Club;
  • Debating Club;
  • Art & Fashion Club;
  • Animation Club;
  • Homework Club;
  • the Great Victorian Bike Ride – training and participation; and finally,
  • Sports training and in-house competitions.

Student Leadership[edit]


The college provides its students with the following student leadership opportunities, again, but this time mostly, at their own command:

  • a Student Representative Council;
  • a STRIDE Peer Support Program (Years 7 & 10);
  • a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program;
  • a High Resolve Global Citizenship Program (Years 8 & 10);
  • a World Challenge Program (Years 9 – 11);
  • a School for Student Leadership Program (Year 9); and finally,
  • a Sports Coaching Program (Years 9 & 10).


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Coordinates: 37°47′57″S 144°53′35″E / 37.79917°S 144.89306°E / -37.79917; 144.89306