A NEW public high school will open in 2020 at the former City Beach High School site to help ease mounting pressure on Churchlands Senior High School on the western suburbs border.
City of Stirling councillor Stephanie Proud last night urged the Mayor to lobby the Education Minister to cater for increased numbers after the closure of four high schools in the early 2000s in Scarborough, Hollywood, Swanbourne and City Beach.
Churchlands SHS recently installed 26 new demountable buildings on the school site.
“With the 2013 development of the 16 classrooms (58m x 9m) at Churchlands SHS and growing student population, the surrounding residents have been increasingly impacted upon in regards to road traffic and parking congestion and pedestrian safety issues,” Cr Proud said.
“This in turn has impacted on the City’s resources from engineering design and community safety business units to address the ongoing and growing problem.”
Education Minister Peter Collier said $60 million would be allocated for stage one of a new school on the Kalinda Drive site, opening for 250 Year 7 students in 2020 and expanding to cater for 1600 students to Year 12 by 2025.
“The need for a new western suburbs secondary school has been at the forefront of my mind, and I am incredibly pleased to be announcing this flagship school today,” Mr Collier said.
The International School of WA has agreed to relocate to refurbished buildings at Doubleview Primary School in 2019.
A new Doubleview Primary School will be built on the large site, with significant open space being retained, including an oval.
The Japanese School will relocate to refurbished buildings at the underused City Beach Primary School site.
A total of $18.8 million will also be spent to expand Carine Senior High School for an extra 300 students.
The school will become home to a new Gifted and Talented Program, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
Part of the original City Beach High School buildings will be retained and refurbished to accommodate 350 students, with new buildings to be constructed for the remaining students.
New intake areas will be announced during 2017 and implemented with the opening of the secondary school in 2020.