Future of education in regional NSW opens in Armidale

A $121 million upgrade of Armidale Secondary College has created an incredible asset for the community.

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Image: Armidale Secondary College: A record investment in regional education.

Students are beginning the 2021 school year in the upgraded Armidale Secondary College, which opened today, marking the largest investment in education for regional NSW.

The $121 million upgrade means there are now 104 classrooms, including specialised spaces for science, industrial arts and hospitality, improved performing arts and sports facilities and connections between indoor and outdoor learning, as well as a new agricultural facility.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the school was an incredible asset for the entire community.

“Armidale Secondary College will serve this community for generations to come and shows the commitment this government has to education in the regions,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I want to ensure every child in NSW has the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the school was now the jewel of regional education and he was looking forward to more like it opening across the state.

“Opening Armidale Secondary College today gives us a glimpse of the future of education for kids living in the bush,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The school is the first of its kind, accommodating more than 1,500 students, it is fitted with the best in specialised facilities including a multipurpose hall which will be completed in early 2022.”

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she was committed to delivering the best schools and education for students learning and living in the bush.

“I am dedicated to making sure we get the best outcomes for our students - particularly our regional students,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Armidale Secondary College is a boost for the entire region. It will change lives and enhance the futures of thousands of students for years to come."

The NSW Government is investing $7 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver more than 200 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

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