New School For Families In Preston

Families in Preston will soon have more choice for their children’s education, with the Andrews Labor Government reopening the former Preston Girls’ Secondary College as a new co-educational secondary school.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Preston Robin Scott today visited the former school site to make the announcement in response to stage two of the Preston School Provision Review, released today.

The review found there will be future demand for secondary schools in Preston and surrounding suburbs, and recommended that planning start for a new co-ed secondary school at the former girls’ college site.

The school will be upgraded to increase its capacity and create modern learning facilities. Planning work will start immediately, with an opening date to be determined as part of the State Budget process.

In the meantime, the Labor Government will work with the City of Darebin on opportunities for the community to use the site temporarily.

The Government also released the Banyule School Provision Review, which found that between now and 2031 there is no requirement for additional government primary or secondary schools in Banyule.

It recommends that Charles La Trobe College’s primary school at the Olympic Village campus be expanded from its current P-4 model to a P-6 school, which will come into effect from term one, 2017.

The Banyule review also found that transport, accessibility, location and configuration of schools in Banyule needs to be improved to better meet the needs of local families.

The Labor Government will now work with council, planning and public transport authorities to improve bus, bike and walking routes to local schools, and support local schools to boost their capacity.

The Government has accepted all recommendations of both the Preston and Banyule school provision reviews, which are available at:

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We’ve listened to local families and will create a new co-ed secondary school for Preston and improve access and opportunities at schools in Banyule.”

Quote attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott

“Preston is a growing and vibrant community that deserves first-class schools, which we are acting on.”

Quote attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines

“Expanding Charles La Trobe College’s Olympic Village campus to a full P-6 primary school, working with local schools to boost capacity, and  improving public transport and partnerships between schools in Banyule will give families more choices for their children’s education.”

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