About the project
We’re building a new primary school in Brookfield. It will open day one of Term 1 in 2024 and help the growing local population get a great education close to home. It will be able to enrol up to 575 students, including approximately 50 places for young people with specialist needs, when the school is complete.
Binap Primary School is a , which is a mainstream school with additional professional capabilities and facilities designed to cater for a higher than usual proportion of students with disability. Students with disability will receive enhanced support and high-quality, evidence-based educational provision alongside mainstream students to the greatest extent possible in a safe, accessible and supportive environment.
Enrolments are open
In the 2022–23 State Budget, the school shared in $527.233 million allocated for new schools.
Binap Primary School was chosen as this new school’s name following a two-week community consultation. Binap (pronounced bin-narp) is a Woi-wurrung word of the Wurundjeri people meaning manna gum.
We used Brookfield Primary School as an interim name while the school was being planned and designed.
Jean Bentley has been appointed as principal of the new school.
Jean has worked in the government education system for over 25 years. Most recently she was the principal of Albion North Primary School. Jean feels privileged to be the foundation principal of Binap Primary School and looks forward to building connections with the community. She's excited to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.
When the school opens in Term 1, 2024, it will include:
- an administration and library building
- 3 learning neighbourhoods
- a community hub with indoor multi-use court, canteen and arts/music spaces
- hard courts
- a sports field
- a carpark.
Students will have great modern learning areas with air conditioning and heating. Outside, they will have shade sails for sun protection. We have designed the school to be environmentally sustainable and easy to manage.
are mainstream schools designed to support a higher number of students with a disability than typical mainstream schools. We equip the schools so all students can learn and play together in the same areas as much as possible.
This gives students with a disability greater access to mainstream education and allows some to attend a school closer to home.
Supported inclusion schools support and enhance learning with additional features such as:
- acoustics and lighting designed for the needs of students with particular disabilities
- wider corridors where wheelchairs can pass
- fitness rooms for physical education and therapy
- enhanced accessible toilets fitted with hoists
- smaller multipurpose spaces suitable for consultations, 1:1, or small group learning
- additional provisions for student pick-up/drop-off
- covered walkways
- kitchen facilities for students with special dietary or medication requirements.
Across late 2021 and during early–mid 2022, we consulted with local Traditional Owners, represented by the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to endorse the design of this new school.
We sought feedback and advice on:
- local Indigenous plantings
- cultural stories and histories
- translations of Indigenous words
- design elements that could enhance cultural education and understanding
Brookfield Primary School (interim name) - indicative site plan
This image shows the indicative site plan for Brookfield Primary School (interim name).
The plan shows buildings and facilities marked up in blue. They include:
- a community hub
- administration and library building
- 3 learning neighbourhoods (classrooms)
- outdoor hard courts
- a carpark.
New Road is marked up along the perimeter, except for the bottom which is labelled Clarkes Road.
The top of the plan shows a sports field. The left of the plan shows Botanica Springs Children's and Community Centre.
At the bottom of the image it says Opening Term 1 2024.
Reviewed 04 September 2023