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22 July 2016

Building a strong foundation for four new WA primary schools

Students in the growing areas of Landsdale East, Alkimos South West, Baldivis North and Byford South West will be welcomed in 2017 at their brand new public primary schools.

In a first-ever for Western Australia, the four new schools are being designed, built, financed and maintained by project company EduWest under a Public Private Partnership.

Department of Education Executive Director, Infrastructure John Fischer said while this was a new and very different way of delivering public education facilities, the way schooling was delivered will not change.

“All school staff will still be employed by the Department of Education as they are still all working in public schools,” Mr Fischer said.

“EduWest will manage the schools’ facilities including general maintenance, helpdesk services, gardens and grounds.

“This leaves principals and school staff with more time to focus on student learning and wellbeing, which is one of the key benefits of this partnership,” he said.

The four schools have been identified based on projected population growth, student enrolment pressures on neighbouring schools and availability of land.

Mr Fischer said the new primary schools would be well equipped with the most up-to-date learning equipment and facilities.

“We know these outer areas of Perth are growing rapidly and these schools will cater for more than 400 students from Kindergarten to Year 6,” he said.

"Two of the schools (Alkimos and Byford) will accommodate more than 500 students."

Four secondary schools are also being built under a Public Private Partnership in Ellenbrook North, Lakelands, Hammond Park and Harrisdale (Stage 2 onwards).

Find out more about Public Private Partnership schools.

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