Baird backs Parramatta with 2 new schools

Published 12th February, 2015

The first 2 new schools to be delivered from the $1 billion Rebuilding NSW Schools Fund will be built in Parramatta.

NSW Premier Mike Baird, Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Parramatta MP Geoff Lee today launched the Government's Innovative Education, Successful Students plan at Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta.

“Investing in education is vital for our children’s future and the $1 billion investment from Rebuilding NSW to transform our schools over the next 10 years will give students every opportunity to succeed,” Mr Baird said.

“This massive $1 billion investment will provide up to 1,600 new or refurbished classrooms and learning spaces throughout the State.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity made possible by Rebuilding NSW - our $20 billion plan to turbocharge the State through the delivery of key infrastructure.

“This huge investment is on top of the government’s $2.7 billion investment into school facilities over the next four years.

Public school students in Parramatta will be among the first to benefit from Rebuilding NSW funds, with 2 new multi-storey schools being built to cater for the region’s growing population.

The $100 million investment at Parramatta will provide:

  • a new high school for up to 2,000 students on the existing Arthur Phillip High School site; and
  • a new primary school for up to 1,000 students on the existing Parramatta Public School site.

Mr Piccoli said the additional $1 billion investment from Rebuilding NSW will ensure there is a focus on innovative uses of technology and flexible learning spaces in our schools.

“We will deliver new infrastructure where it is needed, in consultation with the school community, to drive improvements to in-classroom practices and student performance,” Mr Piccoli said.

“With this package, we are rethinking how schools work, how teachers teach and how students will learn in the future.

“To better prepare students for a job in the fastest growing economy in the country, schools are being built and upgraded to integrate new technology and provide more opportunities for group work and project based learning.”

Dr Lee said design of the schools, which will replace more than 20 demountables, would ensure students had access to both indoor and outdoor recreation spaces.

“The $100 million investment at Parramatta will make the city a key educational hub,” Dr Lee said.

“Significant population growth is forecast for Parramatta and Western Sydney in the coming years.  The Rebuilding NSW plan will ensure we deliver the infrastructure required to provide the best possible education for our students.”

Further information available at https://www.nsw.gov.au/innovative-education

Published 12th February, 2015