YANCHEP’S secondary school will open at the start of 2018, ahead of schedule, for students from years 7 to 11.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Butler MLA John Quigley visited the school site on Ravensbourne Street this month to announce the revised opening date.
After years of lobbying for upgrades at Yanchep District High School (YDHS), Mr Quigley said the revised opening date was “a dream come true”.
“The opening of the new secondary school ahead of schedule is a great win for local families as currently students living in the Yanchep area have to travel to Butler College for years 11 and 12,” he said.
“The new secondary school in Yanchep will provide families with a state-of-the-art secondary school in their neighbourhood.”
The change means all 370 students currently in years 7 to 10 at YDHS will be able to transfer to the new school next year.
About 170 students currently in Year 6 there and at Yanchep Beach and Two Rocks primary schools could also join the school, as could children from the Shire of Gingin.
“That will immediately take pressure off YDHS, which will become the new primary school,” Ms Ellery said.
Mr Quigley said taking pressure off the existing school on Primary Road would allow for progressive construction of new facilities there.
The Education Department appointed James Kent as foundation principal earlier this year.
“His specialist knowledge in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education will be an asset to the school community,” Ms Ellery said.
“Work has already begun on the school’s curriculum and appointment of a team of committed teachers and staff is under way.”
The first stage of construction will accommodate 725 students and the school will open up to Year 12 students from 2019.