Over the last 18 months the Departmentof Education and Training has been reviewing the secondary schools in the Granville area: Auburn Girls, Merrylands, Granville Boys, Holroyd and Granville South High, to ensure the students have the greatest opportunity for a quality education.
The Honorary Verity Firth MP Minister of Education and Training said in March 2009 “We must constantly look to improvement to make sure children and young people have the best schooling opportunities. This review gives us a chance to see how we are currently doing things and provide some suggestions for what we might do better.”
In November 2010 Ms Firth announced the outcome of the review. The minister stated that both Auburn Girls High and Granville Boys High School’s will become partially selective, introducing a selective class into Year 7 from 2013.
The change will see 30 students enrolled at Auburn Girls through the selective high school test that Year 6 students’ take early in 2012. Local students will now be able to come directly to Auburn Girls, as they have done in the past, or sit the selective schools exam to enter the school through the selective class.
Just as Sefton High School found over 10 years ago, I believe the introduction of academically selective classes will increase the opportunities for both the academically selective students and those in our regular intake of students. Local parents and students looking for an academically selective environment will be able to access places in Auburn without having to send their daughters out of the area. All students at Auburn will benefit from the professional development our staff will go through to teach gifted and talented students and an increase in the range of academic subjects offered by the school in the senior years.
It is anticipated that the student population of Auburn Girls in 2018 would be made up of:
- 40 students enrolled through our educational support unit
- 150 students enrolled through the academically selective class
- 700 local students
The review will also see Granville South High becoming a school with a creative and performing arts focus, Holroyd High looking at expanding its links with international students and Merrylands High continuing the wonderful job it does as a comprehensive coeducational school.
If you have any questions or concerns about this announcement please ring the school on 96496949