The former Preston Girls’ Secondary College site will re-open as the new co-educational Preston High School in Term 1, 2019, when it will take its first Year 7 students.
Planning began in November 2016, after a review of future education needs in the area recommended establishing the new school.
The VSBA formed the Preston High New School Planning Group to oversee development. This group includes members of the 'High School for Preston' group, community and council representatives, school principals from surrounding primary and high schools, education experts and project planners.
We undertook community engagement in early 2017, asking parents, students, teachers and the wider community what sort of school they would like. The New School Planning Group used the results to create the ‘education specification’ (the vision for the school) and architects used this to develop the master plan.
The group will continue to oversee the project and work with the architects until designs are finalised.
The project is part of a $685 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2017-18 to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state.
We’re converting the former school’s central heritage building into modern new classrooms and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centre. This will make use of the building’s 3.9m-high ceilings and generously-sized spaces.
Plans for the new school also include upgrading the gymnasium, relocating the canteen and administration facilities, demolishing non-heritage buildings and landscaping outdoor areas.
These works will give students the modern school facilities they need for a great 21st century education, within the existing heritage buildings.
During February 2017, we asked the community what they wanted for their new school. More than 2,500 people visited our engagement website or came to a community workshop to learn more or talk about what was important to them.
We summarised their comments in an ‘engagement report’, which has helped shape the school’s educational direction and the architect’s master plan.
Preston High Community Engagement Report (Word)
Preston High Community Engagement Report (PDF)
The architects for the project are
Baldasso Cortese. They are locally based, with a number of staff living in Preston. They have 30 years’ experience of working in the educational sector, having designed over 200 school buildings and completed more than 100 master plans.
We will appoint a builder in early 2018.
The principal, when appointed, will work with the Department of Education and Training regional office to develop an enrolment plan. The initial enrolment will be for Year 7 only.
We’ll announce details in 2018, and parents of local primary school children will learn more as part of the usual transition procedures. Primary schools are responsible for ensuring each Year 6 student has a place in a secondary school for Year 7.
admission are available on the Department of Education and Training website.