A NEW secondary school will open in City Beach in 2020 to make way for more than 1600 western suburbs students.
Education Minister Peter Collier made the announcement this morning at the former City Beach High School site, which will undergo an $84 million refurbishment to help ease pressure on Shenton College and Churchlands Senior High School.
Mr Collier said stage one of the new school, which is yet to be named, would open for 250 Year 7 students in 2020 and expand to cater for students up to Year 12 by 2025.
The International School of WA (ISWA), who are currently located at the City Beach site, have struck a deal with the State Government to relocate to Doubleview Primary School, which will undergo a $15.4 million expansion.
Mr Collier said plans for a new secondary school in the western suburbs had taken awhile, but he made no apologies for that.
“I wasn’t prepared to land at a point that wasn’t productive for the State Government or ISWA,” he said.
“The western suburbs have been a sore point… with pressure on Churchlands and Shenton College, and a shortfall of 4000 students.
“You’re going to find very few people who say it’s the wrong decision. It is the right decision.”
We Need A High School lobby group spokesman James Fuller said the group was pleased with the outcome.
“We are very pleased with the announcement of a new high school in the western suburbs by 2020 as well as the further investment in education across multiple schools,” he said.
“We are also encouraged by the sensible transition arrangements for students outlined by the Minister. It will be critical that we now see the budget allocated at the mid-year review in December and that construction timelines are met.”
ISWA principal Maria Coate said it was a win-win for ISWA and the State Government.
“We are all very pleased with this negotiated outcome,” she said.
“It secures ISWA’s home until 2047, and possibly up to 2061, and also provides a stable environment for us to strategically plan for the future of school investment.”