Students at the current Footscray City College are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art science facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade.
Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne and Member for Footscray Katie Hall today announced the appointment of Jackson Clement Burrows to design the school’s new science facility.
The project will upgrade the facilities at the current Footscray City College to ensure that students are equipped for 20th century learning.
The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades and support over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians, including more than $80 million for the Footscray Learning Precinct.
They also announced that, following extensive consultation with the community, the new secondary school in the Footscray Learning Precinct would be officially named Footscray High School.
With three new campuses set to open in 2021, the Precinct will link educational facilities in Melbourne’s inner west, supporting diversity and accommodating all stages of learning.
The Precinct will create a new secondary school made up of:
- A junior secondary campus (years 7-9) at Pilgrim Street, Seddon
- A junior secondary campus (years 7-9) at Barkly Street, Footscray (currently Gilmore College for Girls)
- A senior secondary campus (years 10-12) at Kinnear St, Footscray (to be located at the current Footscray City College site).
The Precinct will also include Footscray City Primary School, including a new integrated Early Learning Centre, and Footscray Primary School. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school where students can achieve their best.
Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“The new Footscray High School will be so much more than walls and a roof. It will be a cleverly designed hub which will inspire and encourage local students to reach their full potential.”
Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall
“We want to make sure that our schools have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and that every child is given the best possible chance to succeed.”
Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne
“This exciting appointment means families in Melbourne’s inner west are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.”