ON SITE: A large block on Halletts Rd at Redbank Plains has been marked as the ideal place for a new Catholic primary school.
ON SITE: A large block on Halletts Rd at Redbank Plains has been marked as the ideal place for a new Catholic primary school. Emma Clarke

REVEALED: New primary school planned for Ipswich suburb

A SUBURBAN Ipswich street has been identified as the ideal site for a new Catholic primary school.

A development application is before Ipswich City Council for a 780 student school on Halletts Rd at Redbank Plains which, if approved, would be ready for its first students by 2020.

The vacant block of land nestled between homes and bushland is expected to be transformed into a school including an administration block, library and resource centre, physical education area, play space and IT area to accommodate 186 students and later expanded to include two two-story classroom blocks to house 780 students.

The 3.2 hectare site last sold for $2.1 million in 2010 to Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Brisbane Catholic Education communications and marketing officer Catherine Shipton said the school would initially be open to prep to year 3 students with view to expand up to year six.

"We usually open with prep to year three but there are some times when we with other years levels but that depends on the interest that's shown in the area," she said.

"We know that Redbank Plains does have a high growth catchment so we'd be interested to see a lot of expressions of interests from other years levels as well as prep to year 3.

"We certainly don't create big schools when it's not absolutely necessary to do so.

"We have a process that usually comes in to place about 12 months before the opening of a new school. We generally call for expressions of interest."

If approved, construction is expected to begin in mid-2019.

An Ipswich City Council spokesperson said as the development application was submitted four weeks ago, it had not yet been assessed and no decision had been made.

"This will be done through the normal processes," the spokesperson said.



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