The ability to hand-pick staff and control the allocation of funds will be the biggest advantage to becoming an independent school, says Margaret River Senior High School principal Andrew Host.
MRSHS was named among 109 schools approved for independent status for next year.
Mr Host, who received a call from the Department of Education early on Monday morning to confirm the success of the application, said staff were relieved and excited at the prospect of becoming an independent public school.
“Everyone is very pleased,” he said.
“We made the decision because we were ready to go down the path of independence.”
Mr Host said the school sought independence to benefit the students and that being able to manage staff by adding “diversity and ability” to the teaching body would help them become a better school.
He also said the ability to allocate finances to specific projects and programs would benefit students.