Designs Released For Centre To Boost Student Excellence

High-achieving VCE students are one step closer to getting a ‘head start’ on their university education with the appointment of a builder for a new $27.5 million state-of-the-art learning centre.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor today also released the designs for the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES) facility in South Yarra.

CHES will improve educational outcomes for high-achieving secondary school students across Victoria by offering first year university-level courses and select VCE subjects accompanied by an enhancement and enrichment program.

This ‘head start’ allows our most capable students to undertake a study that contributes to their ATAR whilst gaining university credits.

Figurehead Constructions has been appointed to build the facility with the centre to be built on Chapel Street, South Yarra on land sold to the Victorian Government by the Melbourne High School Foundation.

Works will start in the coming months and include an auditorium, technology-rich learning spaces and tertiary standard science and design labs at the state-of-the-art centre.

Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2022, with a range of programs available from this time and the full suite available from the start of 2023.

Students will remain enrolled at their chosen secondary school and be able to undertake a course at CHES as part of their VCE program. Courses will be delivered both in person and virtually to support access for rural and regional students.

In the past five years, the Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule on its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.

Designs are available here: