Three new schools for Parramatta as budget provides $450 million for schools

16 June 2015

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli today announced that the Old Kings School site is among three new schools to be built in Parramatta, with more than $450 million committed for NSW public school education infrastructure in this year's Budget.

The new primary school at the Old Kings School site at a cost of more than $30 million adds to the government's plans to redevelop the Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School sites, with the three schools catering for up to 4000 students.

The Budget will include a total capital investment in NSW public school education infrastructure in 2015-16 of $456 million, a 27 per cent increase, to cater for growing school enrolments.

"A new primary school will be developed on the Old Kings School site, providing accommodation for up to 1,000 Kindergarten to Year 6 students," Mr Piccoli said.

"The adaptive reuse of this unique Parramatta heritage site as a new public school will greatly assist in meeting the anticipated growth and future demand around the Parramatta city centre."

The school will comprise 40 classrooms, a library, hall and administration building and is expected to open in 2017. It is proposed that the school hall and the oval will be shared with the local arts group and the public, when not being used for school purposes.

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said: "I'm very pleased this funding of more than $450 million in 2015-16 for public school education infrastructure will boost facilities right across NSW."

The Government has already committed $100 million towards the two previously announced new schools in Parramatta from the $1 billion Rebuilding NSW Schools Fund that will provide up to 1,600 new or refurbished classrooms and learning spaces across NSW.

Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee said: "This is fantastic news for the community of Parramatta and this investment will ensure the region becomes a key education hub."

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