Need for another Perth Mod
PERTH Modernian Society president Peter Farr says population growth should prompt planning for a second selective-student school for the top 2 per cent of WA’S students.
About 3500 Year 6s are waiting to vie for about 500 places in gifted and talented programs at Subiaco’s Perth Modern School and eight other high schools in Perth and Bunbury.
Last week, the State Government scrapped moving Perth Modern School to a Perth CBD high-rise, after parents and opponents protested the lack of green space or consultation.
The Government instead announced $68 million for a new high school in Kitchener Park next to Perth Modern. Refurbishing the City Beach High School site for 600 students was rejected because Kitchener Park would serve inner-city population growth.
However, western suburbs public schools continue to be crowded because of the closure of Hollywood and Swanbourne high schools, housing infill, population growth and some private students returning to the public system after the mining boom.
Mr Farr said population growth should make the Government consider a second Perth Modern-type school, possibly near Como, where students and teachers could connect with nearby Curtin University.
“If you look at the test for the top 2 per cent from the Year 6 cohort, it’s a very high barrier to get over,” Mr Farr said.
“We could consider it to be a twoway street, with the gifted and talented on one side, and as you go up through the school years there’s another stream concentrating on the science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.”
He said a southern suburbs site needed public transport access.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said there were no plans for a second fully academically select school.