Families in Richmond will have an even bigger new secondary school, with an extra site secured for the new Richmond High School. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the land acquisition today.

The site is located at the corner of Highett Street and Griffiths Street near the existing Gleadell Street site. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $43 million to build the new school, which will accommodate 650 students and open for term 1 in 2018.

The additional land will provide more outdoor and recreational space for students and the ability to expand for future growth. The main school buildings will be located on the new site at Highett and Griffiths Street. The existing Gleadell Street site will house a full gymnasium and sports facilities, which will will add to existing recreational infrastructure nearby and cater for cricket, football, netball, basketball, lawn bowls, swimming, tennis and boxing.
The New School Planning Group, which includes representatives from Yarra City Council, local school principals, parents and community members, will continue to advise on the design of the school. The government is also working closely with neighbouring groups on the new school’s design, including Richmond Multicultural Children’s Centre, Richmond United Bowls Club and Richmond Boxing and Fitness Club.
The $43 million new secondary school at Richmond is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s record $1.8 billion investment to build, upgrade and maintain schools across the state. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. This means delivering the money needed for new buildings, new upgrades and entirely new schools to ensure all students have access to the facilities they deserve.

This year’s Budget included funding to plan, buy land and build 23 new schools around the state, including Richmond High School. This brings the total number of new schools in the pipeline to 42 and we have created a new Victorian School Building Authority to oversee this major investment.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We made a clear commitment to the local community for a new school in Richmond to help meet enrolment growth. I am proud that the $43 million provided by the Andrews Labor Government has delivered on this important commitment.”
“We’re getting on with the job of building the Education State so that every child has access to a great education and gets the support they need to reach their potential.”