Largest independent school in Melbourne’s West to undergo significant expansion to cater to secondary demand
One of Victoria’s fastest-growing schools - Bacchus Marsh Grammar (BMG) - is expanding its Woodlea campus in Melbourne’s west, growing its current offering of preschool to Year 8 through to Year 12.
Since opening its doors in 2019, the Woodlea Campus is flourishing with a current school population of 1,000 students from Prep to Year 8 and 100 students in the Early Learning Centre, making it the largest independent school in the State’s west. The move to expand the Woodlea Campus was a direct result of the significant growth in the area, and the desire for current BMG students to be able to complete their secondary education in one location.
Bacchus Marsh Grammar Principal Andrew Neal said extending the Woodlea campus will provide students with access to a school close to home, a wonderful culture and all of the benefits that are associated with a Bacchus Marsh Grammar education.
“A strong foundational tuition, a raft of experiences and a senior program with a strong focus on outcomes provides more choice for quality education, and helps us allow important community citizens to assist numerous local groups and sporting clubs with the communal use of facilities,” said Andrew.
A range of new facilities will be developed at the Woodlea Campus over the coming years, including the creation of a significant new complex that will include classrooms, a new library and a senior science centre. The complex, which is due to commence construction next year, will span over three levels and will give students at the Woodlea campus access to state-of-the-art facilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines (STEM), and literacy development.
Future developments include enhanced music and performance spaces and dedicated hospitality areas, complimented by a further expansion of the grounds and student spaces.
The secondary expansion will be named ‘Project Kaizen’, consisting of two streams that offer acceleration, one in STEM and the other in legal studies along with a standard education stream.
“The points of difference in the programs are their focus, the centrality of language studies and the development of a rich support program to develop students’ passion and soft-skills,” said Andrew.
Strongly supported by a rich co-curricular program that seeks to develop well rounded individuals, the program is one designed to maximise students’ academic achievement.
Woodlea Acting Project Director Charbel Youssef said it is important to continue to deliver on Woodlea’s vision of lifelong learning and access to quality and affordable education for the community.
“The Woodlea community is growing and establishing at an unprecedented rate, and this expansion will provide students with an end to end quality Bacchus Marsh Grammar education, all within the one campus,” said Charbel.
Upon completion, the Woodlea campus will see 1,750 students in Prep to Year 12 and an Early Learning Centre of 100 to150 students over a five to 10 year period. To learn more, please visit https://www.bmg.vic.edu.au/program-kaizen/ for more information.
Woodlea is a fully integrated master-planned community by Victoria Investments and Properties (VIP) and Mirvac, designed to provide wonderful homes as well as opportunities including employment, education, retail, commercial and community services. Spanning 711 hectares, Woodlea is a major asset for the west, comprising prestigious schools, ‘destination style’ playgrounds, parks and sporting facilities and is home to a large-scale Town Centre with a Coles. Woodlea is currently home to 12,500 residents and upon completion, will effectively be a ‘mini-city in the suburbs’ with approximately 20,000 residents.