Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed the Victorian Government’s backing of a community recommendation to combine Shepparton and Mooroopna’s four secondary colleges into one large school.
Ms Sheed said last month’s announcement by Minister for Education James Merlino was the culmination of eight months of research, visits to innovative schools across Victoria and extensive community consultation.
“Shepparton District was given $1m in April to get to work on a plan to transform the way education is delivered in this region and we – the strategic advisory committee and the community – have worked hard to develop a plan for change,” Ms Sheed said.
“We asked the community to share their views on the current state of our schools and education services and both the community consultation and the work of the committee reflected a strong desire for a major overhaul and a preference for a single school on one campus.
Ms Sheed said this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get education in the region back on track and provide children with the opportunities they deserve.
“It is no secret that our secondary schools are broadly underperforming – our NAPLAN are unsatisfactory, our VCE results are lower than the state average and enrolments in some schools have dropped by more than half in the past decade,” Ms Sheed said.
“Across the board the data shows that parents are leaving state secondary education in Shepparton District on a continuing basis and that our private schools are bursting at the seams.
“The Minister’s announcement will mean all children in the region will have access to modern, state-of-the-art facilities and a school model that will provide the support they need and I will be hoping to see this project funded in next year’s state budget.”
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