Aintree’s new independent school is open for business.

The Woodlea estate campus of Bacchus Marsh Grammar started the school year with 650 students on February 4.

The school also has campuses at Maddingley and Staughton Vale.

The Aintree campus will offer early learning, prep to year 6, with the campus eventually operating through to year 8.

Bacchus Marsh Grammar principal Andrew Neal said the school’s roll across all of its locations had increased by 1000 pupils in the past seven years, with half of those enrolling in the past two years.

Mr Neal said that the design of the Aintree campus, near Rockbank, was aimed at inspiring pupils.

“The main building will be a feature … in design and innovative specialist facilities for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he said. “The array of landscaping and additional facilities will set a new standard for schools in the west.”

As well as the Bacchus Marsh Grammar primary school campus, Woodlea’s master plan includes another two P-6 public primary schools and a public secondary school.

Woodlea project director Matthew Dean said it was important for residents to have access to high-quality education opportunities close to home.

“Bacchus Marsh Grammar has a strong reputation for being a high-achieving school and as they already have strong ties within the local area, it was a natural fit to have a Woodlea campus,” he said.