New school heading to Geelong in 2026

A new school will be built near Geelong by 2026 to support more students in accessing facilities closer to home, according to the state government.

The upcoming construction of Horseshoe Bend Primary School (interim name) in Charlemont would be able to host 525 students and is part of a $280 million investment.

Acting Premier and Minister for Education Ben Carroll announced the construction of five new primary schools in Melbourne and regional Victoria on January 10.

“We’re proud to be giving students and their hard-working families in growing communities across our state the world-class schools they deserve, close to home,” he said.

“These new schools will give children and teachers the modern facilities to set them up for success – and give families of children with additional needs a choice about their education.”

Other schools included Tarneit Plains Primary School in Truganina, Toolern Waters Primary School in Weir Views, Wallan East Primary School, and Leneva Primary School in Wodonga East.

Tenders to build the new schools will open early this year, with construction expected to begin in the middle of 2024.

The five new schools are in addition to three already scheduled for a 2026 opening, 14 schools opening this year, and an extra six openings in 2025.

The funding adds to the state government’s $14.9 billion investment to deliver new schools, more than 1,940 school upgrades and generate 21,200 jobs since 2014.