One of Sydney’s newest schools is full, NSW Department of Education data shows, with Wentworth Point Public having more students than space and in need of an upgrade despite being built four years ago. Although the planned Carter Street primary school should alleviate some of the need for more space.
The finalised Carter Street Precinct Master Plan will include 700 additional homes near the proposed new Sydney Metro West station at Olympic Park and will be centred around three hectares of open space with pedestrian and cycle paths linking to the existing network and to Sydney Olympic Park, a community centre, and a site for a future primary school.
Additionally, planning, and initial work on the new Wentworth Point High School is well underway. Designed by Woods Bagot, the Sydney Olympic Park high school will sit on Wangal land towards the northern tip of Wentworth Point, on the southern bank of the Parramatta River. It will be delivered in two stages, the first catering to 850 students and the second expanding the student body to 1,530 although local advocates are campaigning for both stages to be delivered in the first instance. Classrooms will be accommodated within a single six-storey building while a hall for sport and performance is proposed to the north of the site.
A state-significant development application has been submitted for both stages of the development. Planning documents note that there will be enough open play space within the school’s site to cater for the students in the first stage, but that there will likely need to be additional play space found once all 1,530 students are at the school. An 8,800 square metre play space is proposed next to the school, opening onto the planned four-hectare Wentworth Point Peninsula Park.