Two new primary schools for Warkworth, a potential new college campus and an increase in enrolment zones have all been flagged for the region in the Government’s new Education Growth Plan.
The Ministry of Education says it expects an extra 3000 students in the region area by 2032, and nearly 700 more by 2021.
“Mahurangi Rodney is experiencing significant growth and change centred on the satellite town of Warkworth. We plan to meet this demand through a variety of responses, including enrolment schemes,” the Ministry says. “Two new primary schools are required in Warkworth, as the town is expected to more than double in size. A new junior college may also be needed because the existing Mahurangi College site is constrained, with topographical challenges.”
The Ministry is currently searching for potential new school sites north and south of Warkworth, and investigating potential new enrolment zones to help distribute growth over a wider area.
“We anticipate that the first school may be required to be open in 2024, however timing will be confirmed once the Warkworth Structure Plan is finalised,” the plan says.
“Based on the number of available places we currently have in the catchment, and in order to accommodate the forecast additional 695 children, by 2021 we anticipate 196 primary and 388 secondary student places will be required to accommodate expected growth.”
As well working on the new Warkworth facilities, the Ministry is also planning to redevelop two new classrooms at Ahuroa School, extend access to Maori language education places north of Wellsford and include a learning support needs satellite unit at the new primary school planned for north of Warkworth.