Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Geraldton's public secondary schools to grow

    26/10/2015 12:15 PM
    • Two schools to cater for students from years 7 to 12 from 2019
    • About $25 million for building upgrades and new education programs

    John Willcock College and Geraldton Senior College will both expand to take students from years 7 to 12 from 2019, the State Government announced today.


    Education Minister Peter Collier said the move followed community consultation last year about public secondary schooling in the key regional centre.


    "It was clear parents want a continuous secondary education for their children, rather than having separate middle and senior schools," Mr Collier said.


    Under the changes, both colleges will offer a broad curriculum with Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) options and vocational education and training.


    About $20 million will be invested in John Willcock College to provide a new arts facility and medical centre, upgrade design and technology facilities, and provide new staff areas, change rooms, toilets and a cafeteria.


    A new academic extension program for students from years 7 to 10 will start in 2020.


    "The extension program will provide students with a clear direction in their studies as they move into years 11 and 12 and on to university," the Minister said.


    At Geraldton Senior College, about $5 million will be spent on specialist facilities, classrooms, an upgraded heritage building, along with the refurbishment of former residential college buildings, change rooms and toilets.


    New local intake boundaries for each school have been drafted, to ensure a broad mix of students at both schools.


    "Each school will provide a high quality education for a cross section of the Geraldton community," Mr Collier said.


    Fact File

    • John Willcock College will employ a co-ordinator for the first three years of the academic extension program
    • Each college will be an Independent Public School
    • The changes to each school will be in place for the start of 2019

    Minister's office  - 6552 6300