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Ogilvie High School and New Town High School will become co-educational in 2022 as part of the next phase of the Hobart City Partner Schools’ collaboration with Elizabeth College.

The Tasmanian Government has agreed with the joint recommendation brought forward by the School Associations of each school, which will increase education options for students in Hobart, and provide Hobart families with the co-educational option they want to ensure the diverse needs of learners are met.

To assist with the transition, the Tasmanian Government is investing $150,000 in the 2020-21 Budget for the development of an educational and infrastructure masterplan to support the continued collaboration between the Hobart City Partner Schools.

It follows extensive consultation with the community, which found that there is a need and strong support for more co-educational opportunities in Hobart and the preference is to utilise existing infrastructure.

The decision is supported by research and evidence including the testing undertaken in 2017-2018 to determine the feasibility of building a new inner-city high school in Hobart and the recent community survey conducted by the Partner Schools.

The Aurecon Scenario Testing found that:

  • There is ample capacity across the schools in Hobart, but that the distribution is uneven;
  • Building a new inner-city high school may result in drawing students away from schools that currently have capacity; and
  • Building a new school would not resolve enrolment pressures at Taroona High School.

The Partner Schools will now work with their combined school association reference group to develop a preferred model, which they will then take to their community in early 2021 to prepare for implementation in 2022.

Further information can be found on the Department’s website.

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