About the project
The Department of Education and Training has undertaken a school provision review in Preston.
This delivers on the State Government’s election commitment to undertake a provision review regarding the need for a high school in Preston and the reopening of the Preston Girls’ Secondary College as a suitable site.
The review covers the suburbs of Preston and the nearby suburbs of Alphington, Fairfield, Northcote, Coburg, Thornbury, Reservoir, Bundoora-Macleod, Fawkner, Heidelberg Heights and Kingsbury.
Stage one of the review assessed the level of need generated from the Preston community for secondary school education.
Stage Two made a number of recommendations with respect to future secondary school provision in the study area.
As part of both stages, the Department undertook community consultation to explore local issues and perspectives.
A Community Reference Group was formed to test project findings and share information with the community. This group included a cross section of the community and key stakeholders.
In response to the review, the Victorian Government has announced that the former Preston Girls’ Secondary College will re-open as a new co-educational secondary school to meet local population growth.
The Victorian Government has accepted all recommendations in the review.
When will the Victorian Government reopen the former Preston Girls’ Secondary College as a new co-educational secondary school?
When funding is allocated through the State Budget process, the Victorian Government will confirm the timeframe for the delivery of the school.
How much will the Government invest in the new co-educational secondary school for Preston?
Funding for the project will be confirmed in future State Budgets.
What is the School Provision Review for Preston?
During the 2014 election campaign, the Government made a commitment to undertake a provision review regarding the need for a high school in Preston and the reopening of the Preston Girls’ Secondary College. In September 2015 the Department of Education and Training commissioned specialist consultants to work in collaboration with the Department to assess the need for secondary school provision in Preston.
The review was conducted over two stages. Stage One assessed the level of need generated from the Preston community for secondary school education. Stage two developed options to meet the assessed needs including, but not limited to, options to reopen the Preston Girls’ Secondary College site.
Why did the Department of Education and Training consult with the community?
The Department undertook community consultation to ensure it makes the most informed decision about meeting the secondary education provision needs of current and future Preston families.
The community consultation was a two-way conversation focused on engaging the community through building strong positive relationships, informing the community on the relevant policy context, project limitations and opportunities, and testing and finalising the approach for determining need.
What was the purpose of the Community Reference Group?
As part of the review, the Department has established a Community Reference Group (CRG). The aim of the group was to act as a conduit for information between the Department, its consultants and the local community throughout the life of the project.
The group included a cross section of the community including representatives from community groups, local schools and residents. The selection aims to closely reflect the diversity of the local population profile as well as the breadth of community interests and views.