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Sydney Distance Education High School

Sydney Distance Education High School

Quality individualised education

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Senior Executive Team Welcome


During 2021, Principal Mark Piddington is working as the Director Educational Leadership, Education Precincts Strategy. Lisa Keating is Relieving Principal and our Deputy Principals are Julie Kennedy (Years 11-12), Sue Cooksley (Year 10) and David Tracy (Years 7-9). Ian Tobitt and Duncan Gerdes are working as additional Deputy Principals during Terms 2-4 to support the implementation of our Strategic Improvement Plan.

Congratulations to the HSC class of 2020. Our students achieved some excellent results including 53 Band 6 and 137 Band 5. Our HSC results continue a tradition of academic excellence in distance education, including outstanding individual successes. Over the past few years, eighteen SDEHS students have scored in the top 10 of all students in the state in HSC subjects. We celebrate the success of all our students whom we encourage and inspire to achieve their very best in all years of their schooling.

The Sydney Distance Education 2021-2024 Strategic Improvement Plan will continue to focus on engaging our students in their learning and building a supportive learning community where students are supported, safe and valued so that they can build personal resilience and achieve learning success.  Our school plan implementation includes a focus on student growth and attainment, through intensive numeracy and literacy support and building a culture of high academic expectations, particularly in Stage 6. Our commitment to teaching excellence includes further development of our online real time teaching and personalised learning strategies and further developing our large range of student wellbeing programs that promote inclusivity and a positive sense of school community.

Web lessons and student attendance at the learning hubs in Woolloomooloo, Ingleburn, Glenbrook, Tuggerah, Granville and Miranda are key learning programs that continue to help drive the increasing ‘real time’ learning experience and increased connection between teachers and students.

  • During 2019, 472 out of 575 (82%) home students attended a learning hub. The learning hubs were closed for much of 2020 due to COVID 19, however they are all up and running with excellent student participation in 2021.
  • During 2020 there were 2,527 web lessons (total 9,316 student attendance) delivered by teachers compared to 1,277 during the same time period in 2019, a 98% improvement.

As we focus on quality individualised education for each of our students, we provide so many opportunities for flexible blended learning that is both creative and challenging.

We welcome you to our school!