The Cooks Hill campus was the birthplace of Alesco when it was founded in 2002 by the current ATWEA Executive Director, Rowan Cox and the current Head Teacher of the Tomaree Campus, Wendy Ratcliff.

The campus can accommodate around 90 students across Years 9, 10, Senior 1 and Senior 2. On the completion of senior studies students can complete a Record of School Achievement (ROSA), an Higher School Certificate (HSC) or attain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for university placement.

Students in years 9 and 10 take subjects including: English, Mathematics, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE), Science, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) Foundation Skills and Project-Based Learning through our Unlimited Potential (UP) Program as well as our award-winning Financial Literacy Program.

Senior subjects offered include: Sport Lifestyle and Recreation, English Studies, Mathematics Standard, Visual Design, and two Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools programs – Hospitality and Aged Care

The Cooks Hill campus is our largest and this unique inner-city school is situated on the heritage listed site of the old Newcastle Girls’ School, a building commissioned by William H Arnott. The campus is shared with ATWEA College and boasts large open classrooms, a purpose-built hall and commercial kitchen. Being in the heart of the city of Newcastle, it is close to transport and only a stones-throw from the inner-city cultural hub that includes Newcastle’s Art Gallery, Museum and Library.

Apply today or call us on 02 4925 4200.

Alesco Senior College – Application for Enrolment Form


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Awabakal and Worimi people and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. We would also like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in this area.

Alesco Senior College
100 Laman Street, Cooks Hill NSW

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