Sunday, July 21, 2024

Single-sex schools to be combined in new NSW build

The NSW Government has announced it will deliver a new co-educational high school in Liverpool, combining two existing single-sex high schools into a brand new school build.

Liverpool Boys and Girls High Schools, which are currently co-located on adjoining sites, will come together within the area’s new health and education precinct, as part of the Government’s $3.5 billion commitment to new and upgraded schools in Western Sydney.  

The new school will cater for up to 2,000 students, with facilities including new teaching spaces and specialist facilities, a new library.

“The majority of families in this area expressed a preference for co-education, with the increase in student population at the school to expand the range of subjects and extra-curricular activities available for students,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning, Prue Car.

“For the new high school to be part of the new health and education precinct is exciting, offering more learning and career opportunities for students in the area.” 

Among future parents surveyed, 56% stated a preference for a co-educational high school, contrasted with 18% who said they would prefer a single-sex school.  

In recognition of the preferences of some students and families, the co-educational schools will also provide opportunities for single-sex-focused classes and activities, the Deputy Premier said.

Liverpool Boys High School 2023 graduates (Photo: Facebook).

The new school will form part of the Liverpool Health and Education Sub Precinct, in collaboration with NSW Health, TAFE NSW and the Liverpool City Council.  

Planning for the new school build is underway, with concept designs to be shared in coming months.

As the schools come together, they will work with local primary schools to ensure a strong transition process from primary to high school for local students.

“One of my goals as the local member has been to create pathways for our young people’s futures right here in Liverpool. Today’s announcement is a significant step in realising that vision,” said Member for Liverpool, Charishma Kaliyanda.

“The consolidation of Liverpool Boys and Girls into a single, brand-new co-educational campus is an essential milestone in creating a ‘cradle-to-PhD’ education precinct in the Liverpool CBD.

“Liverpool’s population surge has caused us to assess the suitability of our existing local schools. This redevelopment is about creating state-of-the-art secondary schooling for our modern city.”

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