Springbank Secondary College will remain open, the Minister for Education has confirmed.
The school will become an unzoned school, with the entirety of the existing Springbank zone being incorporated into the Unley High School zone from 2021.
The decision follows a three month review, presented to the Minister earlier this week, considering the best interests of current and future students living in the Springbank Secondary College zone as well as those currently attending the school.
Under the changes, Springbank’s unzoned status means that it can encourage enrolments from anywhere in South Australia, similar to nearby Urrbrae Agricultural High School and Mitcham Girls High School. It will benefit from a $10 million investment in its built infrastructure which will support the school’s pursuit of excellence in its focus areas.
Unley High School’s expanded zone will be supported by existing building works, due to be completed in time for Year 7s arriving in High School in 2022, which will expand the capacity of the school from around 1200 at present to at least 1700.
Almost 300 community submissions to the review were received, coming from a broad section of the community within the existing Springbank zone.
In the coming weeks and months, the department will work with the college to scope the capital works which will enhance the school’s built form, and to support the development and broad public awareness of the school’s focus areas.