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A major investment of funding will build additional schools across NSW to meet growing enrolment demands. We're also investing money to upgrade or rebuild existing NSW schools.

New classroom designs are being rolled out to future proof our schools, so that the students of today (and tomorrow) will be equipped with the right technology to enhance their learning journey.

Below is an overview of current and planned new school projects. Please click on each title link for further information, as well as the project updates, community consultation and frequently asked questions relating to each school.


A new high school will be built in Ballina, on the existing Ballina High School site. The school will cater for students from Ballina High School and secondary from Southern Cross School. It's anticipated that the new school will open in 2019 and initially accommodate 1,200 students.

The new school will be a state-of-the-art, student-focused campus which will set a benchmark for education facilities nationally.  It's expected to feature a new, fresh approach to learning in terms of design, form and function. Additionally, it will feature new flexible learning spaces so students can work on group and individual projects that require research, problem-solving and critical thinking.

Dubbo Special Needs School

A new multi-million dollar school for students with special needs will be home to a specialist centre that will respond to students in rural and remote NSW who require personalised learning and support. The new school will be built on the site of the Dubbo West Infants School. Dubbo West Preschool, Infants and Primary schools will be brought together on the Dubbo West Public School site.

The project will include a school for specific purposes of 4 classrooms with practical activity areas, a special programs room, purpose-built bathrooms, a games court and an undercover student drop off area. Additionally, there will be a networked specialist centre, multipurpose spaces, and high level technology facilities and car parking. The campus will offer educational and social benefits for students and their families and will also be a great asset to the wider community.


The Department of Education will invest over $30 million to boost educational provision in Glenfield to meet the needs of current and future families. 

The 4 schools in the precinct will provide a diverse educational provision to meet the growing demand for gifted and talented and special needs education to help all children reach their potential. 


In 2020 Hurlstone Agricultural High School will move to a purpose built state
of the art facility at Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury Campus. The new Hurlstone Agricultural High School will be an academically selective agriculture and STEAM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) school for 1,500 students across NSW. 

The new school will be the most advanced agricultural high school in Australia, benefiting from a unique partnership with Western Sydney University's School of Science and Health, and the highest quality agricultural and STEM research expertise.

Inner Sydney High School

In order to meet growing secondary enrolment demand, a new Inner Sydney High School will be built on the existing site of the Cleveland Street Intensive English High School. The school is expected to open in 2020, and will accommodate up to 1,500 secondary students.

This state-of–the-art high school will incorporate the latest design features to enhance the learning journey as students prepare for their future. Features will include new general and specialist classrooms, a gymnasium, library and student facilities. 


A new Kindergarten – Year 6 public school will be built on Fairway Drive, Kellyville to support the increasing enrolment demands of primary aged students in the area. The focus is on developing a modern, flexible and technology-rich environment that enhances the students' learning journey both indoors, and out. The new school will also be a hub for the wider community to enjoy, with shared library, school hall and sporting ground facilities.

Planning is underway for a major refurbishment of the former UTS Ku-Ring-Gai site at Eton Road, Lindfield to create a new K-12 school.

The new school will have up to 6 "schools within a school" for approximately 2,000 primary and secondary aged students. There will also be a child care facility. The school will boast high quality technical spaces for science, engineering, hospitality, visual and performing arts, as well as music and film.


Adaptive reuse of existing sites will greatly assist in meeting the anticipated growth around Parramatta's flourishing city centre. Over $100 million will be spent to build 2 new future-focused schools, which will be showcase schools of excellence. 

The major investment in Parramatta includes:

Another initiative to help transition children during construction and assist in meeting the anticipated growth around Parramatta includes:

Russell Lea

The current Russell Lea Infants school is proposed to be redeveloped into a new K-6 public school to provide a continuous learning journey for primary aged students from Kindergarten right through to Year 6. The new school will also cater to the educational needs of the growing student population in the Russell Lea area.

The new school will be located within the existing parkland setting and will feature an ultra-modern new building with a variety of spaces including 24 classrooms, a library, administration area, canteen and communal hall which will open out to a covered assembly and play area.



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