Why Shelford?

With a rich and proud history of educating girls, we are a small, inclusive school with a wonderful sense of community.

For over 123 years, Shelford has been a strong advocate for girls’ education, preparing girls and young women for a complex and changing world.

Our School has an outstanding academic tradition and offers a wide range of subjects for our Junior School students, right through to VCE level. Shelford has exceptional Visual and Performing Arts programs, extensive sporting opportunities and a strong co-curricular program that includes study tours and camps, debating and a unique Year 9 Challenge program.

Nurturing and challenging

Our students flourish because they learn in a community that nurtures, stimulates and challenges them, and in which they are encouraged to be courageous. Our girls are able to explore, to be curious and to try out new things in a supportive, positive environment, where high standards and the pursuit of excellence are part of the historical fabric of the School.

From Foundation, students are encouraged to harness their passions and develop lifelong interests. Small class sizes allow our teachers to really know each student and individually nurture them, so they develop to the best of their potential.

Preparing girls for the future

Academic ability is important for future success, but the challenges of the 21st century mean students must acquire a variety of skills and capabilities. There is a growing demand for innovation, creativity, communication, empathy, adaptability and social skills. Education has a vital role to play in helping young people build lives that have meaning and purpose, in an ever-changing and unpredictable world.