A Christian college set to open in Wyndham Vale next year has already received hundreds of expressions of interest from families keen to enrol their children.

Heatherton Christian College, which is based in Clarinda in Melbourne’s southeast, last month announced Wyndham council had approved a school at a 12-hectare site on Ballan Road, near the Wyndham Vale Christian Centre.

The new school, Wyndham Christian College, will open for prep to grade four pupils in term one of 2019, with additional grades to follow in subsequent years.

The school will take on a maximum of 150 students when it opens.

But Heatherton’s marketing manager Rob Ward said the college had already received about 500 inquiries for enrolments.

He said the college would soon begin interviewing families who hoped to send their children to the school.

“What we’re expecting is that we will be having a waiting list for the first few years,” Mr Ward said. “The school will grow to grade five and six in 2020 and 2021.”

Mr Ward said when the school was finished, its total student population would be about 1450 children from prep to year 12.

Mr Ward said the first stage of the school’s construction would include six classrooms, with two for grade prep pupils.

He said the school would primarily service the Christian community, but would also be open to pupils and families who “share our values”.

Mr Ward said the school was in the process of engaging builders for stage one of construction, which will cost about $3 million.

He said the school had submitted an application for the college’s construction to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and was waiting on a “tick of approval” from the authority, before building could begin.

A public information session about the future college will be held Wednesday, July 25 at 7.30pm at the Wyndham Vale Christian Centre, 418-438 Ballan Road, Wyndham Vale.