FAQs

We’re sure you have lots of questions about our school. Below you will see some of the most common and hope our response helps you to better understand Hale School’s values, processes and priorities. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at admissions@hale.wa.edu.au.

Not necessarily. While Hale School is proud of its excellent academic tradition and results, not all students are high achievers. We value students who are willing to try new things, embrace new challenges and do their best.

Learning support is available across the School to provide support and specialist classes for boys with learning difficulties. However, please note that we do not have the resources to support students with severe learning disabilities.

Not all applicants have to sit an entry test. If you are the son of an Old Boy, a boarding student, or if you are offered a place in Pre-Primary or another year that is not one of the main entry points, then you don’t have to sit the test.

However, we do run testing for our main intake years, Years 4 and 7. Testing was introduced several years ago to provide a more equitable admissions process beyond date of application. This means that even if you do not have your son on the waiting list from early on, you will still have a good chance of being offered a place. This was initially introduced to assist families relocating to Perth but has also become a valuable opportunity for families whose financial situation or son’s academic needs change.

Prospective students do not need to do any preparation and should just do the best they can on the day. The test is only one factor to determine acceptance: school reports are also sighted and applicants are invited to attend an interview with the Headmaster in the later years. 

If Hale School is your first preference, then please do not accept another offer without discussing it with us first. We will make every effort to accommodate prospective students. Please contact our Admissions staff and they can advise you based on your personal situation and current enrolments. Please note that this advice is based on their opinion at the time and is not legally binding.

No. While sport has always been an important part of the School’s culture and is important for overall fitness, wellbeing and mateship, there are plenty of sporting options and levels to suit each boy’s physical abilities and interest. Over the past 20 years, just as much focus has been placed on the Arts, including Hale’s top Music, Drama and Art programmes. There is also a strong Service Learning focus, where boys are offered opportunities to volunteer their time and skills to assist others in partnership with charitable organisations. Most Hale students are involved in a range of co-curricular options and are supported whatever their interest.

Hale School prides itself on having a diverse student community. Most of our boys have working parents who have made the decision that investing in their son’s education is a priority. In some families, the fees are paid by someone other than the parents, often grandparents. Other students are attending Hale School on scholarships and bursaries. 

Hale School offers three payment options:

  1. One payment in advance by 1 February (1% discount is offered).
  2. Three equal payments in February, May and August.
  3. Ten equal instalments to be paid at the start of each month from February via direct debit (a 0.5% administration charge applies). 

Yes, it is important that boys have contact with girls. This is why we maintain a strong relationship with our sister school, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, as well as other schools with girls. Boys in all year levels take part in educational and social activities with girls; our music ensembles are comprised of students from Hale and St Mary’s; and our community theatre group, Redfoot Youth Theatre, invites female students to join.

However, we are privileged to be able to focus on boys’ needs at Hale School. We bring out the best in boys by embracing positive masculinity, catering to boys’ particular learning needs and styles, and role modelling what it means to be a ‘real’ man in today’s changing world.

Hale School students are encouraged to work hard, support each other and follow their passions. Many Hale graduates go to university to continue their studies. Popular courses include Commerce, Science, Engineering and Law, although our graduates study many varied and interesting subjects, locally as well as interstate and overseas. Some also undertake vocational education and private sector training, such as apprenticeships, or enter the workforce. Old Haleians are living and working all over the world, pursuing their interests and following their dreams. 

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