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Adelaide HS funding and zone change

18 February 2019

The state government has announced $18 million in capital works funding to increase capacity at Adelaide High School in order to meet future enrolment demands on both government CBD high schools. 

The capital works will allow the school to increase its capacity to 1800 students in 2022, up by 350 places, allowing the school to meet increasing enrolment pressures as well as accommodating year 7 students. 

The funding also includes provision for general learning areas, specialist learning areas, laboratories and workshops to further enhance facilities at the school. 

To reduce pressure on both CBD schools, the shared zone of Adelaide High School and Adelaide Botanic High School is being reduced on the south-western boundary. 

From 2020, Underdale High School, Plympton International College and Springbank Secondary College will revert to their pre-2019 zones. 

Students previously zoned to Underdale High School in the suburbs of Hilton and eastern parts of Torrensville and Mile End, Plympton International College in the suburbs of Kurralta Park, Glandore and eastern parts of Richmond and Marleston, and Springbank Secondary College in the suburbs of Black Forest and south-western parts of Clarence Park, will be re-zoned back to those schools in 2020. 

Zone changes will only impact on new enrolments. Students enrolled in a city high school this year can continue to attend irrespective of where they live. 

Grandfathering arrangements will also be put in place for siblings of children who enrolled from these areas in 2019 so that families in this circumstance will be able to attend the same school. 

Detailed demographic analysis of population growth and secondary school attendance trends shows that capacity for enrolments at Adelaide High School, as well as the shared CBD zone established, were not sustainable. 

Projections suggest that even in the next three years, before year 7 is moved into high school in 2022, the number of in-zone students seeking a place at the CBD schools would have exceeded the capacity of both schools with the current rate of entry to special entry programs. 

There are no other school zone changes being proposed by the Government. 

For general information about zoning, families and students can use the school finder on the Department for Education website to find the school zone that applies to them, or email education.CBDSchooling [at] sa.gov.au