Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today announced the results from a consultation process for public secondary schools in the areas of Kinross, Mindarie and Clarkson.
Based on the findings the community was split on the two options for the secondary schools in the area.
The two options were for Kinross College and Mindarie Senior College to each extend to become Years 7 to 12 schools with separate local intake areas and Clarkson Community High School is repurposed and becomes part of North Metropolitan TAFE with a focus on training for young people. The second option was for no change.
Currently, Kinross College enrols students from Years 7 to 10, Mindarie Senior College caters for students in Years 11 and 12, and Clarkson Community High School enrols students from Years 7 to 12.
A re-elected McGowan Government will work with the local community to deliver the best secondary schooling for the area.
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“We received more than 3,000 responses from parents, students, staff and community members as part of this consultation process.
“The consultation showed the community was split on the issue, with 51 per cent of parents of students at Kinross College supporting Option 1. We understand the local community is passionate about education and we want to get the model right.
“I have asked the department to go back to the drawing board with new options and undertake further consultation to ensure we get the very best model of secondary education for Kinross, Mindarie and Clarkson.”
As stated by Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard:
“I asked the Minister to review the current secondary education arrangements through a community consultation process.
“That consultation process has shown that more work needs to be done on the options for schooling in the Kinross, Mindarie and Burns Beach area.
“We want to provide the best possible education for local students and ensure they have high-quality learning opportunities close to home.”