Key people at secondary school

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Every school - primary or secondary - is structured differently, but there are some key staff and roles in most schools that you should become familiar with.

Remember that there are always people available to help you, and you should not hesitate to ask them any questions you may have.


This is the person who is in charge of your school and responsible for the whole school community, including the students and all members of staff - whether they are teachers or support staff. The principal is responsible for the day to day running and management of all areas of the school. This includes setting the long and short term direction of the school and developing school policies.

Assistant or Deputy Principal

Your school may have one or more assistant principals. Their role is to support the principal in the day to day running of the school. The role of the assistant principal often includes looking after the wellbeing of the students, teachers, support staff and parents.

Year Level Coordinator

If you are having difficulty making the adjustment to secondary school or problems with a particular subject - or even with other students - the Year Level Coordinator is the person who can support and advise you.

Faculty Coordinator or Department Head

This is the leader of a particular learning area e.g. Maths Coordinator, English Coordinator. He or she works with all the other teachers who teach this subject.

Subject Teachers

One of the differences about being in secondary school is that different subjects are taught by different teachers. Each of the subject teachers has specialist knowledge about the subject(s) they teach, and can help you if you are having difficulty understanding anything.

Home Group or Form Group Teacher

These teachers mark the roll each day, distribute school notices and are great people to talk to when you need any help - particularly when you've just started secondary school.

School Guidance Counsellor/Support officer

These officers will help and support you with things such as personal matters, mental health issues, learning challenges or planning your career.