Five new primary schools are set to open in Melbourne and regional Victoria in time for Term 1 of 2026 as part of a State Government plan to build 100 new schools in communities that need them.
Acting Premier and Minister for Education Ben Carroll yesterday announced that construction will begin at five new primary schools, with a $280 million investment supporting more than 2,800 students access school close to home.
Tarneit Plains Primary School (interim name) in Truganina will accommodate 575 students, with 50 places reserved for students with disability.
Toolern Waters Primary School (interim name) in Weir Views, south of Melton, will cater to 715 students, including 65 places for students with disability.
In Wallan, Wallan East Primary School (interim name) will provide 525 students with a new school close to home.
Leneva (Frederic Street Road) Primary School (interim name) in Wodonga East will accommodate 525 students, including 50 places for students with disability, and will welcome students from Bandiana Primary School who have the option to relocate if they choose.
Families in Charlemont, south of Geelong, will be able to access modern, top-class facilities at Horseshoe Bend Primary School (interim name), with capacity for 525 students.
Leneva (Frederic Street Road) Primary School, Tarneit Plains Primary School and Toolern Waters Primary School will be designed as supported inclusion schools – giving every family the choice to send their children where they will thrive, whether that’s a special school or with extra support in the mainstream education system.
“We’re proud to be giving students and their hard-working families in growing communities across our state the world-class schools they deserve, close to home,” Mr Carroll said.
“These new schools will give children and teachers the modern facilities to set them up for success – and give families of children with additional needs a choice about their education.”
Tenders to build the new schools will open early this year and construction is expected to begin from the middle of 2024. The five new schools are in addition to three schools already scheduled for a 2026 opening, plus 14 schools opening this year and an extra six opening their doors to the community in 2025.