Students at William Ruthven Secondary College are a step closer to having the first-rate facilities they deserve, thanks to a planned $10m school upgrade.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Preston Robin Scott last month visited William Ruthven Secondary College in Reservoir where site preparation work for the school upgrade is now underway.

The upgrade will give staff and students access to first-rate facilities, including new Year 7-9 and Year 10-12 buildings, and administration facilities.

Kneeler Design Architects designed the school upgrade, with Accuraco Project Management now completing demolition works of old facilities.

The new buildings are expected to be ready in time for the next school year.

The school was named in honour of World War I Victoria Cross recipient William Ruthven, whose strong commitment to community service and personal qualities are reflected in the school’s slogan, LEARN – Leadership Excellence Acceptance Respect Now.

“We’re investing in William Ruthven Secondary College so local students are properly supported to thrive and learn,” Mr Merlino said.

“This investment will ensure the quality teaching at William Ruthven Secondary College will be matched by a high quality learning environment where students are engaged, stimulated and encouraged to be creative thinkers.”

Member for Preston Robin Scott said: “We’re investing in Melbourne’s north to ensure the more than 400 students get the best start in life and the school facilities they deserve.”