Sod turned on John Forrest Secondary College redevelopment

Posted on March 4, 2021
  • First sod turned on $50 million redevelopment of John Forrest Secondary College  
  • Hundreds of jobs will be created during construction 

Education Minister Sue Ellery today turned the first sod on the $50 million redevelopment of John Forrest Secondary College.  
With more than 1,100 students enrolled at John Forrest Secondary College, the upgrades will provide new additions and freshly refurbished facilities.  

The project will be delivered in three stages, with construction set to be complete by October 2023. 

The first stage includes a new performing arts centre and a new materials technology building with facilities for building and construction, woodwork, metalwork, engineering, robotics and mechatronics. 

A third new building will also be built with facilities for food technology and textiles classes, as well as an IT centre and cafeteria. 

The final stage includes refurbishing existing facilities at the school. This includes the transformation of the existing library to new administration facilities, the existing sports hall to a library, and modern upgrades to specialist and general classrooms.  Other refurbishments include science laboratories, all classrooms, staff study areas and the staff room. 

Works on the new multi-purpose courts were completed in late 2020 with the school using the facilities from the first day of school this year.  

The project will create over 230 jobs during construction and is part of a $452.8 million investment in 2019-20 to improve infrastructure in WA public schools. 

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery: 

“It’s great to be at John Forrest Secondary College to see firsthand how the state-of-the-art facilities will transform education for the students. 

“By investing in school upgrades and redevelopments like these we help boost jobs while ensuring school facilities are modernised.” 

Comment attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker: 

“The school was built in 1961 and is one of the older high schools in the State, so I am pleased this project is getting underway.” 

Comment attributed to Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson: 

“This $50million upgrade to John Forrest Secondary College will create top rate learning spaces for local students.”

Comment attributed to Mount Lawley MLA Simon Millman: 

“This commitment by the WA Labor Government to deliver high quality education facilities is to the benefit of local students.”