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Western suburbs schooling

The success of the public education system has seen significant growth in demand for secondary student places in the western suburbs.

Western suburbs secondary schooling plan

To address growth in schooling demands in the area, a western suburbs secondary schooling plan includes a new secondary school to be built on the former City Beach High School site and the expansion and refurbishment of secondary schools in the area.

Access to the City Beach site requires the relocation of the current leaseholders, the International School of Western Australia and the Japanese School in Perth. They have agreed to relocate to the Doubleview Primary School site and City Beach Primary School site respectively.

As a result, a new state of the art school will be built for Doubleview Primary School on the existing site, and new facilities will be built on the City Beach Primary School site.

City Beach Residential College, which is on the former City Beach High School site, will also benefit from new facilities. 

This is an exciting development for communities in the western suburbs. The changes will provide continuous secondary education with options for students to pursue tertiary education, further training and/or employment when they graduate.

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The new City Beach College (planning name) will be built on the former City Beach High School site and will open in 2020 with an estimated 250 Year 7 students and expand to 1600 Year 7 to Year 12 students by 2025.

City Beach College will offer high quality education for Year 7 to 12 students on a single site, and is part of a broader plan to reduce enrolment pressure on secondary schools in the western suburbs.

The former City Beach High School site was chosen after an exhaustive investigation was undertaken to identify potential sites for a new secondary school in the western suburbs. The new City Beach College local intake area will provide long term sustainability for all the secondary schools in the western suburbs. Other sites that were investigated presented significant environmental, topography, planning and timing issues.

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As part of the plan to reduce enrolment pressure at schools in the western suburbs, additional permanent facilities will be built at Shenton College, Churchlands Senior High and Carine Senior High School to accommodate additional students.

Churchlands Senior High School

  • $38.8 million expansion announced in October 2015.
  • Includes classrooms, a gymnasium, science and arts buildings, technology building and car parking.
  • Will provide accommodation for an additional 750 students taking the school’s permanent capacity to 2350 students.
  • Construction of the new facilities is underway and will be completed by 2018.
  • Find out more in the Western suburbs secondary schools and Churchlands Senior High School information for parents.  

Shenton College

  • $49.5 million expansion announced in May 2016.
  • Includes new general classrooms, science, visual and performing arts, multimedia, IT and business studies classrooms, food technologies facilities and a new cafeteria.
  • The gymnasium will also be extended and new multipurpose courts and a new technology and enterprise centre constructed.
  • Will provide accommodation for an additional 1000 students taking the school’s permanent capacity to 2600 students.
  • Construction is due to start in mid-2017 and expected to be completed for the start of the 2019 school year. 
  • Find out more in the Western suburbs secondary schools and Shenton College information for parents.  

Carine Senior High School

  • $18.77 million expansion announced in September 2016.
  • Includes general and specialist classrooms.
  • Will provide accommodation for an additional 300 students taking the school’s permanent capacity to 1525 students.
  • Construction of new facilities is due to start in 2018 and be completed in 2020.
  • The school will also host a new Gifted and Talented Education Program from 2020 with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education for students.
  • Find out more in the Western suburbs secondary schools and Carine Senior High School information for parents

With the opening of City Beach College (planning name), a new local intake area will be created for the school. As a result, the local intake areas for Churchlands Senior High School, Shenton College and Mount Lawley Senior High School will change. 

An announcement about these changes will be made in 2017 and they will take effect from 2020 when City Beach College opens. 

The optional local intake area* which provides an entitlement for students to attend either Carine Senior High School or Churchlands Senior High School will also be amended. From 2024, students within this area will have an entitlement to enrol at Carine Senior High School only.

For the change of local intake areas in 2020, students enrolled at their local secondary school in 2019 will be able to complete their schooling at that school. Younger siblings of these students will be able to commence their secondary schooling at that school as long as the older sibling is also enrolled. Once commenced, siblings will be able to complete their schooling at that school. The same process will apply in 2023 for the change to the Churchlands Senior High School and Carine Senior High School optional local intake area.

Detailed information about each school’s current local intake area including a map of it is at the schools online.

* The following defines an optional area between Churchlands Senior High School and Carine Senior High School: From a point on the Indian Ocean coastline due west of the junction of West Coast Highway and West Coast Drive, east from this point to the junction of West Coast Highway and West Coast Drive, north east along West Coast Highway to Karrinyup Road, east and south east along Karrinyup Road to Huntriss Road, south along Huntriss Road to Sackville Terrace, west along Sackville Terrace to Holbeck Street, south along Holbeck Street to Scarborough Beach Road, north west and west along Scarborough Beach Road and its western extension to the coastline and north along the coastline to a point on the coastline due west of the junction of West Coast Highway and West Coast Drive. The boundary parts of West Coast Highway (south side), Karrinyup Road (south side), Huntriss Road (both sides), Sackville Terrace (north side), Holbeck Street (both sides) and Scarborough Beach Road (north side) are included within this optional area.

A brand new $15.4 million Doubleview Primary School will be built on the current site providing students with state of the art classrooms and the latest technology. Building is expected to start in 2017 and be ready for the start of the 2018 school year.

The existing school buildings will be refurbished for the International School of Western Australia that will relocate in 2019 from its existing location on the former City Beach High School site. This relocation will make way for the new City Beach College. 

The International School will run as a separate school, having its own entrance and administration.

Doubleview Primary School students will benefit through shared access to a new gymnasium and hard courts while maintaining an oval and substantial open space areas.  

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City Beach Primary School will be expanded with a new art, craft and music building to open in 2018.

The building will be shared with the Japanese School in Perth, one of the current leaseholders at the former City Beach High School site, that will relocate to the City Beach Primary School site to make way for the new City Beach College.

The Japanese School will move in 2018 and use existing underutilised facilities at City Beach Primary School as well as a transportable, playground and shade structure that will be moved from the City Beach High School site. The Japanese School will operate completely separately from City Beach Primary School and will have its own entrance and administration.

City Beach Primary School students will benefit through enhanced learning opportunities along with shared cultural and sporting activities, as well as the new building.

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City Beach Residential College will receive new facilities to replace those students currently use on the former City Beach High School site. 

Construction of a new kitchen, dining room, recreation and study areas is expected to start in 2018 and be completed by 2019.

Building works are aligned with the development schedule of the new secondary school to ensure residential college students are not adversely affected. In the meantime, they will continue to use the dining and recreation facilities at the former City Beach High School site until our new facilities are ready.

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