This week it was announced the state government will be investing more than $185 million into capital projects to support sustainable enrolment growth in government schools, to transition Year 7 into high school, and to allow other identified priority projects to proceed in a range of schools.
Detailed demographic analysis shows that around 10,000 places will be needed at 36 high schools over the next four years to accommodate Year 7 and an increased number of students enrolled in government schools more generally.
The suite of capital works includes:
- A $56.6 million package to improve facilities and meet projected enrolments at Roma Mitchell Secondary College, Port Augusta Secondary School, Nuriootpa High School, Mark Oliphant College, Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School, PlayfordInternational College, Seaview High School, Golden Grove High School, Heathfield High School and Mount Compass Area School
- $29.2 million for Glenunga International High School to grow to 2,200 places
- $18 million for Adelaide High School to grow to 1,800 places
- $13.8 million for Brighton High School to grow to 1,800 places
- $12.5 million for Unley High School to grow to 1,700 places, while retaining funding to deliver its pre-existing master plan
- $9.9 million for Norwood Morialta High School to grow to 1,700 places, co-locating on the Parade campus.
A further $22 million has also been allocated to support priority projects at Blackwood High School, Craigmore High School, Golden Grove High School, Heathfield High School, Henley High School, Kapunda High School, Mount Compass Area School, Seaview High School and Wirreanda High School, over and above meeting their capacity needs.
The Government is investing $10.3 million in disability funding to create 180 new places in special units and special classes across government high schools.
The Education Department will now begin working with schools to determine the appropriate locations for these units and classes. Placement will be based on student eligibility and priority.
Thirteen million will also be invested in a fleet of flexible learning spaces, increasing capacity across the system by 600 students, that can be deployed across schools experiencing short term enrolment spikes, as needed.
The fleet will consist of lightweight general and specialist learning areas including classrooms, science labs and art rooms. It is expected that these spaces will contribute significantly to address capacity pressures while the new north and south schools are being built.