Construction has begun on the $43 million Richmond High School – the first vertical government high school built in Victoria.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Education James Merlino, and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne joined local community members to mark the start of construction.

The project is one of 42 new government schools in the construction pipeline – including 10 that opened over the last  year – following a record $1.8 billion investment by the Labor Government in new schools and school upgrades around the state.

Richmond High School will cater for 650 year seven to 12 students across two sites, with a four-storey academic precinct on the Highett Street site and sports precinct on Gleadell Street.

The Gleadell Street site will initially be a multi-purpose campus and will open for year seven students in 2018, with the Highett Street campus set to open in 2019.

“Whether you live in the inner city, the outer suburbs or regional Victoria, we’re making sure every child has the opportunity for the best start in life – and access to a great local school,” Mr Andrews said.

Once the second campus opens, the Gleadell Street site will become a full-time sports precinct and include four competition-standard netball courts.

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