Richmond High School

“Compass provides our schools with comprehensive modern tools to engage with and support our school communities.”

First sliding open its doors in 2018, Richmond High School looked to Compass to provide a comprehensive, modern platform.

Richmond High School

The challenge

First sliding open its doors in 2018, Richmond High School takes the place of a number of comprehensive co-education secondary schools previously located in the area and shut despite strong local opposition. The school has two campuses: a multi-purpose site and a ‘vertical’ site, designed to transform the way inner city schools use space - but which also poses a unique set of challenges when it comes to the access of students, staff, and other members of the school community.

Beautifully designed, RHS is Victoria's first vertical high school.

“Compass Cards develop and support school pride and identity and our students proudly carry them. From a management perspective the process from the initial photograph, to card production, to deployment is easy and enhances our school operations.” The late Colin Simpson, Principal

Choosing Compass

The late Colin Simpson, established a close relationship with Compass as principal at the nearby Victorian College of the Arts. He recognised the value in using Compass for the school’s day-to-day functions - for example reporting and wellbeing monitoring - while pioneering the use of Compass Guardian and CompassIdentity cards to manage access issues within the school. Compass was seen a powerful tool for both saving time on traditional school processes and introducing advanced solutions to new problems.


Colin said overall the school has saved ‘weeks of time’ through Compass, with ‘dozens of hours’ saved on attendance management alone. Meanwhile, far from simply providing a form of identity, CompassIdentity cards are used in the school library, for photocopying and printing, and even in the canteen. Colin noted that this enables the school’s management team to ‘more effectively use these systems and maximise our investment in them’.

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