Designs released for Footscray Primary School upgrade


By Molly Magennis

Designs have been released for the upcoming Footscray Primary School upgrade.

The upgrade was announced last year by Education Minister James Merlino and Footscray MP Katie Hall thanks to a $20 million investment from the state government.

The renders showcase a covered outdoor learning area, which will have large storerooms for sporting equipment and changing rooms with toilet facilities.

Staff and pupils will be able to take part in sporting activities such as basketball and netball, and members of the community will also be able access the area on the weekends.

A two-storey learning hub will also be a feature of the upgrade, and will allow the school to increase enrolments to an additional 200 pupils.

The hub will include sensory retreat spaces that will support neurodiversity in students, and a new staff centre on the first level will allow teachers to get together and professionally collaborate.

Ms Hall said Footscray Primary school has a proud history in the community, and is excited to see it develop into a learning space that can be used for years to come.

“I’m thrilled to see the school start a new chapter – thanks to a $20 million investment from the Andrews Labor government,” she said

“The new designs have been shaped by the school community and access to the new facilities, such as the basketball court, will be available to the broader Footscray community out of school hours.

“This massive upgrade will help Footscray Primary School to grow and modernise.”

The new additions to the school are set to be completed in 2023.