Co-educational options expand

SEVERAL high schools will have their intake areas expanded to give students the option of choosing a co-educational public high school for the first time.

Following a State Government review of intake areas in suburbs where students previously only had a single-sex public high school, the intake boundaries of 20 co-educational high schools have been adjusted.
The change will mean single sex school intake areas, including for Auburn Girls and Granville Boys high schools, will have a co-educational option by 2025.
The review included extensive consultation with the community, staff and students from more than 120 schools and more than 300 parents and carers of students.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning, Prue Car, said the changes were a State Government commitment to families that “if you live in an area where you can only send your children to a single sex high school, that we would open that up”.
“Families want the option,” she said.
“There is growing interest in co-education, and no family should have to face leaving their local area to access a co-educational high school.”
The changes were made in consultation with local communities to provide guaranteed access to co-educational high school education for the first time and also considered the capacity of those high schools to make the change, enrolment trends and public transport access.