New Selective School For South-West Sydney

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A new selective school will be built in south-western Sydney to help meet the "strong demand" and to cater to students who currently have to travel long distances to attend these schools.

The exact location of the school is yet to be determined with Premier Gladys Berejiklian announcing it will be in a "key growth area". 

"We know many students are travelling long distances to attend selective schools," Ms Berejiklian told Sydney Morning Herald.

"There is strong demand for selective schools, with around 15,000 applications for only 4200 places. This new school will provide another convenient local option for these students and their families."

NSW currently has the highest number of selective schools in the country. Once this new school is built there will be 49 fully and partially selective schools in the state.

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Also announced this week, the ''bump it up'' program will be expanded to all NSW government schools.

This program aims to give each school tailored targets for improving literacy, numeracy, wellbeing, equity and attendance and is already in 137 schools.

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says the programs are aimed at helping children to reach their full potential.

“These programs not only will help lift academic results, they will help prepare young people for rewarding careers and ventures in the future,” Mitchell said.

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