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Supporting young people to succeed

Jesuit Social Services has been working since 1977 to support young people with complex challenges in their lives. Much of this work has been focused on young people in contact with the criminal justice system.

We work hard to keep children and young people out of prison. We do this by forming relationships with them and from that foundation we provide a range of services including housing, mental health services, support to re-engage with education and assistance to get on a pathway to training and employment.

Many of the young people we work with have been excluded from education – often, for years. Some of those caught up the in the criminal justice system need a focused, tailored program to help them get back on a track and fulfil their potential in a school environment that understands their complex lives and the trauma they may have experienced. This led Jesuit Social Services to establish the Ignatius Learning Centre – a small, specialist secondary school for young people in contact with the justice system and at risk of spending time in prison.

Ignatius Learning Centre

The Ignatius Learning Centre is a safe, holistic and therapeutic learning environment for a small number of young people who have a positive attitude towards getting their lives back on track. The school promotes the development of the whole person – including intellectual, physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual elements of each young person.

Our teachers are all highly experienced educators and are supported by a team of staff specialising in youth work, trauma informed practice and more.

We engage students and their families to tailor a learning plan that is culturally appropriate, focused on the student’s own interests and goals, and is both practical and useful to help the student move on to further education, training or employment.

The Ignatius Learning Centre is a Catholic Specialist Secondary School located in Richmond.

A vision built on history

Drawing on our Jesuit heritage, the Ignatius Learning Centre is guided by Jesuit Social Services’ practice framework, Ignatian Pedagogy, Catholic Social Teaching and evidence based educational practice.

We foster life-long learning by providing a holistic education, enabling students to heal, learn, and experience success in a safe and supportive learning environment. By providing an education that fosters responsibility and transformation, the Ignatius Learning Centre restores hope, offers a sense of belonging and enables students to flourish and reach their potential.


The curriculum we offer our students is the Victorian Certificated of Applied Learning (VCAL). Students will work towards completing VCAL (Foundation, Intermediate and Senior); a practical option for students in Years 11 and 12 which provides work-related experience and a qualification, recognised by TAFE institutes and employers, helping students move from school into work, an apprenticeship or traineeship, further training or higher education.

  • Students will cover the complete VCAL suite: Literacy, Numeracy, Work Related Skills, Industry Specific Skills, Personal Development Skills and Vocational Educational and Training (VET) subjects.
  • In 2021 VET subjects on offer are: Hospitality CERT II, Visual Arts CERT II and Creative Industries CERT II (Music).
  • Students will also be able to engage with the network of Jesuit Social Services’ existing programs and services including Artful Dodgers Studios, The Outdoor Experience, Jesuit Community College (a Registered Training Organisation), Eco Justice Hub and will use the sport and reactional facilities in and around Richmond.

Students eligible for our school are:

  • Males, aged 15 – 17 and in contact with the criminal justice system
  • Young people disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education
  • Young people subject to sentencing under SECT 360 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and able to attend the Ignatius Learning Centre
  • Young people being considered for: a Youth Control Order (YCO), Youth Attendance Order (YAO) or Youth Supervision Order (YSO); or are on Remand and facing a custodial sentence
  • Young people eligible for enrolment in a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Our Location:

  • Address: 326 Church Street, Richmond 3121 VIC
  • Our school is located behind St Ignatius Church (Church St, between Swan St and Bridge Road)
  • Closest train stations: East Richmond and Richmond Stations. Both connect directly from Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations, CBD.
  • Closest tram stop: Route 78, St Ignatius Church/Church St. The school is directly behind.

For more information please contact:

Ignatius Learning Centre
326 Church Street (PO Box 271)
Richmond VIC 3121
Tel: 03 9421 7600

Imogen Cowan
Head of Engagement
0417 678 170

Download a copy of the Ignatius Learning Centre flyer