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Labor winds again selective Leppington secondary college plans

The NSW Labor authorities will wind again a controversial plan to construct a totally selective highschool in south-west Sydney after it was first earmarked for improvement greater than 4 years in the past.

Tuesday’s state price range contained $3.5 billion for brand spanking new colleges and upgraded school rooms, together with 14 main and excessive colleges to cater for the surging inhabitants in Sydney’s central west and outer western suburbs.

Cammeray Public School will be upgraded as part of an investment in new and updated schools and classrooms.

Cammeray Public College might be upgraded as a part of an funding in new and up to date colleges and school rooms.Credit score: James Brickwood

The federal government confirmed a brand new secondary college for Leppington and Denham Court docket can have {a partially} selective consumption, however a long-running proposal to construct a totally selective college within the south-west development hall – a “captain’s name” by then-premier Gladys Berejiklian in 2019 – might be deserted.

A brand new absolutely selective Leppington college was first introduced earlier than the state price range in June 2019. The choice blindsided guardian and principal teams on the time, and prompted fierce criticism from former schooling minister Adrian Piccoli over issues it could additional segregate high-achievers and enhance drawback within the public complete system.

NSW has 51 absolutely and partially selective colleges, greater than 10 occasions every other state or jurisdiction, with most clustered in inside Sydney and the north-western suburbs. Demand for the top-achieving colleges is surging and much outstripping availability of locations, with about 17,200 college students competing for 4200 spots this yr. One other 4000 college students are on reserve lists for 2024 entry.

The federal government stated as an alternative of continuing with a totally selective college, which was initially deliberate to be constructed adjoining to Leppington prepare station, it could put money into {a partially} selective highschool within the space. A spokesperson for College Infrastructure NSW stated a website is being finalised and might be accomplished by 2027. It’s unclear what number of college students it is going to enrol and the proportion of locations that might be put aside beneath the selective consumption.

Eagle Vale Excessive within the south-west, which has about 500 college students, will obtain a selective sports activities stream, making it the state’s eighth specialist sports activities highschool.

Tuesday’s price range additionally included $770 million for brand spanking new excessive colleges at Jordan Springs; Schofields and Tallawong; Gregory Hills and Gledswood Hills; and Melrose Park, and a brand new main college for Sydney Olympic Park on the Carter Road precinct. The federal government additionally flagged plans for 3 new main colleges at Huntlee, West Dapto and Calderwood.

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