Students in Melbourne’s inner west will start the school year in brand new facilities with the completion of Footscray High School’s $29.2 million Pilgrim Campus, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minster for Education James Merlino today announced the completion of works at the school’s Pilgrim Street site in Seddon, providing a second campus for the school’s junior years program from Term 1, 2021.
The school will initially offer places to Year 7 and Year 8 students in 2021, before expanding into a Years 7 to 9 campus.
It joins the Barkly Campus (Years 7-9) and the Kinnear Campus (Years 10-12) as the secondary school’s third site.
Students and staff will have access to new flexible learning spaces as well as specialist classrooms for drama, music, food technology, science, environmental science, art and design.
The Pilgrim Campus will have an innovative STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) while its library catalogue will be accessible 24/7 via the internet.
The school is part of the Labor Government’s Footscray Learning Precinct, which brings together early childhood education providers, primary, secondary and tertiary education in one precinct.
In the past five years, the Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule for its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.
Our education construction boom is the biggest of its kind nationally – proving why we are the Education State.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We are investing in secondary education in Melbourne’s inner west and this new site will ensure that families have access to a great new campus in 2021 to ensure their children can receive a world-class education close to home.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne
“The completion of the Pilgrim Street campus is the culmination of years of community activism and the dedication of the Andrews Labor government to deliver outstanding education for all.”
Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall
“The Footscray Learning Precinct will enable lifelong learning, increasing education opportunities for the Footscray community at all ages and stages of life”