Sydney Distance Education High School

Quality individualised education

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Senior Executive Team Welcome


During Terms 2 - 4 2022, Principal Mark Piddington is working as Principal for 3 days a week and as the Director Educational Leadership, Education Precincts Strategy for 2 days a week. Lisa Keating is the fulltime Relieving and acting Principal, and our Deputy Principals are Julie Kennedy (Years 11-12), Ian Tobitt (Year 10) and David Tracy (Years 7-9). Duncan Gerdes is working as an additional Deputy Principal to support the implementation of our Strategic Improvement Plan.

Congratulations to the HSC class of 2021. Our students achieved some excellent results including 52 Band 6 and 194 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 2021, Learning Hub attendance was significantly impacted by COVID lockdown restrictions. During Terms 1-3 there were 476 student visits to learning hubs.
  • In Terms 1 and 2 in 2021, there were 1,407 web lessons (total 5,211 student attendance) delivered by teachers compared to 1,362 during the same time period in 2020.

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!