New inner city school to open in Sydney by 2020

Published: 28 Apr 2017

A new world-class, high-rise school will provide 1200 new places for students in inner Sydney.

Year 7 to 12 students will be able to attend the new high school, on the corner of Cleveland and Chalmers streets in Surry Hills by 2020.

There will be 47 traditional classrooms at the new school, including open and informal learning areas, practical activities areas, and seminar spaces.

The yet-to-be-named school is expected to have:

  • three science labs
  • a food technology unit
  • a visual arts unit
  • a performing arts workshop
  • music practice rooms
  • a design and technology workshop
  • a gymnasium and movement studio
  • an outdoor games court
  • a central resource library with mini-libraries throughout the school.

Following a design competition run by the Department of Education, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp architectural practice was announced as the head design consultant and architect of the project.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the winning design stood out for its vision of a future-focused learning environment while preserving the heritage of the site.

Cleveland Street Intensive English High School, which is currently on the site, will move to a purpose-built school on Mitchell Road in Alexandria in 2018.

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