Roleystone Primary School and Roleystone District High School will be amalgamated on the high school site to offer a kindergarten to Year 10 education.
Education Minister Liz Constable said community consultation and a feasibility study conducted by the Department of Education and Training had supported the kindergarten to Year 10 amalgamation because of its benefits for students.
Dr Constable said the amalgamation would prevent the need for students to change schools at the end of Year 5.
“Many parents indicated they want to reduce the number of times their children are required to change schools as they progress through their education,” she said.
“Students will also benefit from access to improved facilities and curriculum choice.”
The Minister said relocating the primary school to the district high school site would also enhance the long-term viability of the school.
“There are not sufficient numbers of Year 11 and 12 students at the moment, or in the foreseeable future, for a viable senior schooling program,” she said.
“But the site has the capacity to accommodate all students through to Year 12, if required in the future.”
Dr Constable said 59 per cent of the 676 residents who voted as part of the community consultation process opted for the kindergarten to Year 10 amalgamation.
She said 24.5 per cent wanted the existing arrangement to remain and 11.7 per cent opted for a kindergarten to Year 7 amalgamation.
The State Government will commit approximately $3.3million to fund the amalgamation and an application for approximately $2.25million of Federal Government funding from the Building the Education Revolution fund will be submitted for four classrooms and a covered assembly area.
Playground equipment from the primary school will be relocated.
The amalgamation is expected to be completed for the start of the 2012 school year.
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