Cosgrove High School receives new lease on life

COSGROVE High School is set to receive a major $20 million upgrade as part of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s commitment to redevelop the school and extend it to include years 11 and 12.

Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer visited the school to announce the launch of the community consultation period, which will inform the future redevelopment of the school.

“The $20 million redevelopment will include state-of-the-art learning facilities that cater specifically for years 11 and 12 students, as well as giving them the best opportunity to complete their TCE and increase their future study and work prospects,” Ms Archer said.

“As a first step, the Hodgman Government is seeking comprehensive engagement with the Cosgrove school community, the wider community and local businesses to determine exactly what learning options and facilities are required.”

Cosgrove High School principal Anna Viney said the funding would open up a range of new educational opportunities for students in the northern suburbs.

“I believe equity of opportunity is a right for every student in Tasmania,” she said.

“By providing this new facility, it will certainly make that a reality for students in Hobart’s northern suburbs.

“It is crucial that when the new facility is built, it is structured around the needs of the community, including the local area and businesses that support our school.

“It will be a facility that will allow Cosgrove High School to move forward into the 21st century and that is why this consultation period is so important.”

Cosgrove High School currently has less than 200 enrolled students, but the new redevelopment will provide capacity for up to 800 students.

This will assist in strengthening retention rates and completion of TCE in years 11 and 12.

“A government school option for years 11 and 12 students in Glenorchy will reduce the need for students to travel to Claremont College or to the city, especially where travel is currently an impediment to staying in school,” Ms Archer said.

“This will increase the likelihood that more students from the area will stay at school to complete years 11 and 12 and ultimately increase their future job prospects.”

For more information and to be involved in the community consultation, visit www.education.tas.gov.au.

Caption: From left, Cosgrove School Association chairperson Kylie Monks, Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and Cosgrove High School principal Anna Viney.