Alta-1 Albany

Alta-1 Albany

Alta-1 College first opened a senior school campus in 2011 followed two years later in 2013 with a middle school campus was. Growth since has been steady. In 2017, the Albany school has grown to have 80 students enrolled across four locally responsive recovery and re-engagement programmes. Each programme is designed to support the at-risk young person using a holistic therapeutic recovery model. In this mission, Alta-1 works closely with a range of local agencies to achieve the positive outcomes for each young person.




My name is Steve Sharp. I’ve lived in Albany most of my life. Most of my professional career has been within the government sector with time as a teacher and senior administrator at several senior high schools.


From 1988-2010 I was at NASHS with the last five years as Deputy Principal. Late 2010 life took a 180 degree turn after unexpectedly needing two open heart surgeries. After a 3-year medical journey of recovery, I needed to get back to work. On my cardiologist’s instructions, I needed a less stressful job and “fell” into the leadership position at Alta-1 College Albany! I lead a motivated school staff team and together in partnership with other local agencies, we positively impact the lives of local and regional young people. This is highly rewarding and leading the Albany team in this endeavour is very rewarding.


You will likely have seen our office at the top end of Lockyer Avenue. Please feel free to call in for a chat if you have a young person who needs our help.


We make a pretty good coffee.



Steve Sharp

Regional Manager - Albany

M. Ed


Main Office: Unit 1 57 Lockyer Avenue

Enquiries: 98413698 or 0487 231 161



Senior School

The senior school is currently based at Troode St Church. Troode St provides the weekday physical facilities and a supportive community. The senior school has between 30 and 40 young people aged between 15 and 19 studying a WA Certificate of Education and WA Curriculum Council approved courses at both Foundation and General level. 



Middle School

The Middle School is based in 2017 at the new Church of Christ community centre corner of Mercer Road and Talyuberlup Way. The Middle School has between 15 and 25 students studying a rich theme based curriculum. The new centre is surrounded by peaceful bushland, and is fitted out with an indoor basketball court and a range of excellent facilities for the school to access on weekdays. 

Alternate Programs

In addition to the two campus based schools Alta-1 Albany has two non-campus programmes.




Connect-Ed is offered from its base in Albany as a regional programme that extends across the Lower Great Southern. Some young people for a variety of reasons, are largely house bound and need to access education in an alternative manner. The aim of the Connect-Ed Program is to provide such young people with a home-based educational program while at the same time offering teacher and local mentor/pastoral support. Connect-Ed has the same holistic therapeutic approach of campus based programmes.


The Connect-Ed curriculum is an online virtual classroom. All students complete large parts of their education in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to working with our Albany based Connect-Ed teacher, each student is cared for by one of our Connect-Ed chaplains. These chaplains where possible are drawn from the local community.  Chaplains meet with students weekly, in the student’s home and work with the student to engage in the process of positive change. Those that develop the confidence can participate in local excursions. In addition, students can meet each week for a few hours of small group contact facilitated by the Teacher.



Targeted Engagement Programme

The Targeted Engagement Programme or TEP is designed for the young person who has experienced serious personal challenges and though being able is not ready to attend a campus. TEP is not a full-time programme but rather a bridge to a campus or work placement. TEP is largely 1-1 time with a skilled mentor with between 10-15 hours per week of engagement. TEP has three key elements: Adventure and relationship building experiences, Personal Recovery Curriculum, and Literacy and numeracy. Numbers are strictly limited.



Alta-1 Albany Staff

Middle School

Teacher: Craig Bottomley

Chaplain: Anita Hamersley

Education Assistant:  Silke Fischer-Malpass


Senior School

Teacher: Josh Hotchkin

Chaplain: Melanie Johnson

Education Assistant/Chaplain: Caroline Nuthall

Education Assistant: Joseph Pitavanik and Rebecca Trigg


(TEP) Targeted Engagement Programme
Chaplain: Tim Fairley

Chaplain: Kathryn Davis



Teacher: Corinne Thompson

Chaplains: Kevin Van Buerle, Bronwyn Micke, Kathryn Davis & Natalie Hotchkin


Senior Chaplain Personal Recovery

All Campuses: Joel Baty

Albany Middle School

Cnr Campbell Rd and David St

Spencer Park WA 6330


Postal Address
PO Box 2104,
Wangara WA 6947

Albany Senior School

Troode St

Collingwood Park WA 6330


Postal Address
PO Box 2104,
Wangara WA 6947

Campus Locations

Phone +61 8 9403 8200

Fax +61 8 9403 8299

Office Address
4a / 14 Uppill Place
Wangara WA 6065

Postal Address
P.O. Box 2104

Wangara WA 6947