Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

24 April 2018

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Consultation kicks off on Brighton High School

Consultation will begin on a new Year 7-12 High School in Brighton, to meet growing demand and encourage even more Tasmanian students to complete Years 11 and 12.

As part of our Job Ready Generation 2.0 policy, the new $30 million purpose-built school will include state of the art learning areas to cater specifically for Year 11 and 12 students.

Brighton is one of the fastest growing areas in Tasmania, and with over 600 students from the Brighton and Southern Midlands areas, Brighton Primary School is one of the largest primary schools in the State.

The Tasmanian Government has responded to the expanding needs of the local community, and as outlined in our 100 Day Plan, we committed to taking swift action to get the consultation and planning phase underway.

As the first step, the comprehensive community consultation will help determine an appropriate site for the new school, which is expected to significantly alleviate congestion on Midland Highway by supporting more students to access education in their own area.

One of the reasons our Year 11 and 12 high school extension program has been such a success is because it helps remove barriers such as travel and cost.

Since its introduction, the retention rate has risen to 73.4 per cent and the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) achievement rate is now at 56.4 per cent.

The Hodgman Liberal Government understands the importance of continuing this momentum for our next generation of job ready Tasmanians and we strongly believe our infrastructure should match our ambitious goal to have 75 per cent of students complete their TCE by 2022.

Our commitment to invest in new school builds will ensure our students have access to modern facilities with excellent spaces to inspire learning and drive improvements in student achievements.

The Brighton community are invited to have their say  via:  www.education.tas.gov.au

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