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Master Plan

30 Year Master Plan

Watch the video to hear further details from our Principal about the works for Stage One of the Master Plan.

For more than 120 years, Loreto Normanhurst has been part of the Hornsby Shire community with a 400-year mission to educate, encourage and inspire young women.

Loreto Normanhurst has been developing a Master Plan to guide the planning of the campus over the next 30 years. The School is planning for a 30-year period because there is a growing need for excellent schools in Sydney’s north.

The school’s growth is planned over four stages delivered across the 30 years. The overall proposal aims to increase the student capacity incrementally by 850 students by the year 2047.

The Master Plan will unfold with the gradual redevelopment or replacement of current buildings to create an innovative, unified, sustainable and ecologically sensitive campus.

State Significant Development Plan Approval

With the approval of our State Significant Development Application for the 30-year concept plan and Stage One development, the School will commence with some preparatory building works in December 2021.

Once these minor works are completed, the School will be in a position to prepare for our first major building project of our Master Plan: the construction of a new Boarding School.

We have spent significant resources planning for this application to ensure that the development will support the future growth of the school and our leadership of innovation in girls’ education in a way that is in line with our commitment to community, sustainability and preservation of the natural environment. We are pleased that this commitment was acknowledged in assessment of the application. 

Community Updates

We will continue to provide regular updates to the community on the progress of the Master Plan through this web page.

Phase One

Stage One - December 2021


The first project will commence in the December 2021 school holidays, and incorporates a range of projects designed to improve traffic flow in and around the school, improving safety and alleviating delays.

Improving student drop off and pick up

A redesign of our Osborn Road carpark will incorporate a new Pick Up Drop Off. The current Slip Road off Osborn Road will be reserved for buses.

A through-site link road and second Pick Up Drop off will be built along the Pennant Hills Road side of the school, allowing for the safe flow of traffic through school grounds, and making drop-off and pick-up as seamless as possible.

These minor building works will minimise traffic queuing and improve pedestrian safety.

Increased parking on school grounds

A new carpark will be constructed to increase the parking available on the grounds.

Development of collaborative learning and recreational spaces

The construction of a new Boarding School will free our heritage buildings for the use of all students and staff. The Mary Ward Building is a great example of this with the ground floor redeveloped over the Christmas holidays to create a dynamic, collaborative learning space.

Community Update

Click below to read more about Stage One works in the Community Update.

Boarding School

The vision for our new Boarding school is a lively home away from home containing a variety of spaces that set the stage for the rhythms of boarding life.

Its expansion will enrich the friendships, opportunities and experiences available to students and all members of our community. The new building will feature common gathering spaces for social and recreational use, communal areas for boarding families, updated accommodation for boarding staff and improved accessibility for students with specific access needs. Its expansion will enrich the friendships, opportunities and experiences available to students and all members of our community.

While we complete the preparatory building works, we are working to secure funding approval for the Boarding School and anticipate the build will take 18 months from that point.





Support Us


The 30-year Master Plan aims to improve access, movement and spatial relationships throughout the school, both addressing the school’s future growth and honouring our tradition and values.

We invite you to contribute to the future of our students and our community. You may like to donate to the Building Fund to support our Master Plan, including the development of our new Boarding School. 

FAQs

FAQs

Why is the School undertaking the Master Plan project?

Loreto Normanhurst has been developing a Master Plan to guide the planning of the campus over the next 30 years. The School is planning for a 30-year period because there is a growing need for excellent schools in Sydney’s north.

By updating our spaces and surroundings, and developing flexible, progressive learning spaces, our Master Plan helps us build our community and foster the curiosity, creativity, joy and sense of belonging that ultimately propel our students into their futures as ‘seekers of truth and instruments of justice.’

Where is the planning approval process up to?

The School's State Significant Development Plan has been assessed by the Department of Planning Industry and Environment, and we are delighted to announce that the application has been conditionally approved. 

A range of projects designed to improve traffic flow in and around the school, improving safety and alleviating delays will commence in the December 2021 school holidays.

When will construction commence and how long will it take?

Stage One preparatory works will begin in the December 2021 school holidays. Once these minor works are completed, the School will be in a position to prepare for our first major building project of our Master Plan: the construction of a new Boarding School. We anticipate construction of the Boarding School will take 18 months.

How will the School and surrounding residents be affected during construction?

We have spent significant resources planning for this application to ensure that the development will support the future growth of the school and our leadership of innovation in girls’ education, in a way that is in line with our commitment to community, sustainability and preservation of the natural environment. We are pleased that this commitment was acknowledged in assessment of the application. 

Environmental impacts have been avoided and mitigated where possible; and impacts on surrounding land uses have been minimised.

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