Future of Marlborough Colleges secured

Kaikoura news
Friday, November 27, 2015

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith welcomes today’s announcement that the Marlborough Girls’ and Marlborough Boys’ Colleges will be co-located on a new site in 2021, securing the future education of 1,900 students.

“The two schools will be co-located at a brand new $63 million development. They will both use the state-of-the-art buildings and technology, while working together to improve the achievement of their pupils.

“By having two schools on one site it opens the opportunity for a wider range of subjects to be taught, and the schools could look to offer tertiary level courses.

“The decision to move the two colleges to a new site is wonderful news for students, parents, and teachers,” says MP Stuart Smith.

Both the schools currently teach in old and leaky buildings that require major upgrades. The decision to co-locate is supported by the Principals of both schools and went through a rigorous community consultation process.

“There were 620 submissions from the public on the potential solutions for the two schools. The submissions clearly favoured co-locating the colleges.

“It is important the new site acknowledges the history of the colleges while future-proofing the schools against population growth.

“I am delighted Marlborough is receiving this major investment and will work with the Minister to find the best site for the two colleges,” says MP Stuart Smith.

The next step will be for the Ministry of Education to secure a suitable site for the development and the public will be kept informed as work on the project continues.

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