Plans for new primary school on Old King's School site on O'Connell Street now on exhibition

Have your say: Plans for the new O'Connell Street Public School include new landscaping for an outdoor play area. The plan has already attracted much interest.

Have your say: Plans for the new O'Connell Street Public School include new landscaping for an outdoor play area. The plan has already attracted much interest.

Plans to transform the former Old Kings School into the new primary school are now on public exhibition.

New school: Plans to transform the Old King's School site into a new primary school were announced by education minister Adrian Piccoli, Parramatta MP Geoff Lee and treasurer Gladys Berejiklian 12 months ago.

New school: Plans to transform the Old King's School site into a new primary school were announced by education minister Adrian Piccoli, Parramatta MP Geoff Lee and treasurer Gladys Berejiklian 12 months ago.

It will be refurbished for the new O’Connell Street Public School for up to 1000 pupils and 61 staff.

The proposal includes construction a new hall for school and community uses and a covered outdoor learning area, refurbishment of existing buildings and a bus pick-up and drop-off areas.

“Given the growth in the area, local schools are in high demand and this is sure to be a popular new school,” Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said.

“Public consultation is very important to ensure we get the right outcome for the community."

The King's School was the first large private boarding school run by the Anglican Church to provide secondary education in NSW.

It’s the oldest independent school in Australia which operated at 24A O'Connell Street from 1836 to 1964.

A network of artists called the Save Old Kings group called for round-the-clock public access when the state government made the announcement 12 months ago.

The plans can be viewed in person at City of Parramatta Council and Department of Planning and Environment or online at majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.

Concerns: The Save Old Kings group called for around-the-clock public access when a new primary school was earmarked for the Old King's School site a year ago. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

Concerns: The Save Old Kings group called for around-the-clock public access when a new primary school was earmarked for the Old King's School site a year ago. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

Submissions close August 15.

Written submissions can be sent to Department of Planning and Environment, Director - Social and Other Infrastructure Assessments, GPO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001.

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