Catholic Education in Western Australia continues
to experience sustained growth and is constantly involved in long-term planning
for existing and new schools.
An important part of planning for the future of
Catholic Education in Western Australia is reviewing our current school
enrolment needs as well as working with our planning advisory committees who
help with the important planning of new schools.
In the past 15 years there have been six new
primary schools built, two new secondary schools, two new composite
(Kindergarten to Year 12) schools and a new Early Learning and Care Centre. In
addition, there have been school rebuilds, relocations to meet changing local
needs and one amalgamation. We predict further sustained growth in the Greater
Perth region and are continually monitoring growth throughout the whole of
Planning for Growth
planning process has evolved over time and involves working with specialist
planning advisory committees based in Perth and Bunbury that:
- Monitor and analyse
local area demographics and population forecasts
- Provide advice to
the Executive Director regarding the acquisition of land for future school
- As well as advise
the Executive Director regarding prioritisation for the construction of
Perth committee also advises the Executive Director on rationalisations
and major changes to existing schools. A recent example of this change is Holy
Name School, Carlisle becoming a new Early Learning and Care Centre for the
Joondalup single gender schools
planning issues, CEWA will not be opening Stormanston Catholic College for
girls and St Ambrose College for boys on Drover’s Place, Joondalup.
in this area is still being undertaken to ensure Catholic secondary school
demand will be catered for in the future.
information on the location of new Catholic schools and Expression of Interests
can be found on the New Schools page.
Growth in our Existing Schools
infill and new residential developments, suburbs go through a period of
regrowth which can require additional student places to be needed in existing
schools to accommodate the increased demand. Given space limitations,
particularly within many of our inner-suburban schools, this option is only possible
in some existing schools.
decisions are taken at a strategic level and CEWA monitors enrolment trends in
all areas, looks for patterns and works in consultation with all schools within
growth areas to devise the best plan to accommodate Catholic families within
our current Catholic schools, where possible. Further information on the
location of existing Catholic schools can be found through the School Profiles.