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Where are the New Schools in Brisbane?

Exciting educational news that will have a positive impact on families living in the inner-city suburbs. Will it impact you?

The first new schools Brisbane will see in a LONG time

This just in. The Palaszczuk government has today started work on the NEW school in the city (Fortitude Valley) as part of a new plan to better provide for Queensland students.

This is the first new school Brisbane development plan our city will have seen since 1963! This means that the best schools in Brisbane will be able to breathe a little easier as space is made for students to go to new campuses. More room = more space for teaching = more space for improvement = more ways that your child will benefit!

How will good high schools in Brisbane be impacted?

This is the $500 million Building Future Schools Fund mentioned in the State budget. It will lead to the creation of over 1500 jobs over the next five years – better outcomes for all. This is a record investment in education in Queensland and a significant step up.

New schools, new classrooms, new resources, new structures in place to help quality teachers develop quality content.

thank you educators

Inner City North State Secondary College

The new school in the city (Fortitude Valley) will be at 587b Saint Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley. The new Inner City North State Secondary College will service growing communities in Brisbane’s inner north and relieve enrolment pressure on Kelvin Grove State College. This means the catchments have changed!

Equidistant boundary

An equidistant boundary will be established around the Inner City North SSC, based on the equal distance to its neighbouring state high schools.

This is the approach normally used by the Department of Education when establishing catchments for new schools. An Enrolment Management Plan will be established to manage enrolments for the new school. Click here to view the draft Enrolment Management Plan.

The proposed enrolment management approach for the Inner City North SSC will prioritise students in the following order:

  1. in-catchment students – those students living within the new Inner City North SSC catchment area;
  2. out-of-catchment students living in the new smaller Kelvin Grove State College (KGSC) catchment; and
  3. students eligible for selective entry.

Transitional arrangements will allow for:

  • students who reside in the proposed Inner City North SSC catchment, and are currently enrolled at a neighbouring secondary school, may remain enrolled at that school for the duration of their studies;
  • siblings of these students may also enrol at that local secondary school provided they remain living locally within that school’s former catchment; and
  • families with primary school aged children living in the new Inner City North SSC catchment, who currently live in the KGSC catchment, may choose to enrol at either KGSC or Inner City North SSC.

Feedback on the catchment and enrolment options can be provided by completing the catchment and enrolment survey. The survey is open until 9 December 2018.

Enrolment expressions of interest

The department is seeking expressions of interest for students wishing to enrol at the new Inner City North SSC.

Registering does not guarantee your child a place but ensures you are part of the developing school community.

Click here to register your interest.

The Advancing Inner City Schools initiative will:

  • Create a new state high school at the former Fortitude Valley State School site (in partnership with QUT)
  • Create a new high school in the inner south to take pressure off Brisbane State High
  • Expand West End State School to meet enrolment demand

New state high schools are also planned for:

  • Mt Low (Townsville)
  • North Lakes / Mango Hill
  • Calliope (near Gladstone)
  • Yarrabilba (South Logan)

Why new schools in Brisbane?

Frankly, they’re at capacity. You can only expand so much on existing sites. This excellent future-proof strategy will mean that, despite rapid population growth, we can continue to deliver some of the best education in the country.

The last ten years have seen school populations expand by a huge 5000 students! And it’s predicted 3000 more will be in the inner-city region in the next three years! They’ve gotta go somewhere!

Brisbane’s best high schools working with communities

Planning will take parent and community needs into consideration. Expect a lot of consultation and community discussion over the coming months.

We wrote more on high schools in Brisbane here.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

3 thoughts on “Where are the New Schools in Brisbane?”

  1. This sounds wonderful.

    I would like every parent and community person involved in this to ensure that the new schools must not discriminate against girls in their school uniforms.

    All new schools must offer girls shorts and pants as part of their uniform options. The Queensland government must be held to account to ensure they provide appropriate uniform options for girls.

    Looking forward to making my voice heard on this as part of Girls’ Uniform Agenda


    • They shouldn’t even have girls and boys uniforms… all uniforms should be non-gendered and consist only of shorts/pants and polo shirt and jumper/jacket.

      No dresses, no skirts, no winter, no summer. What a tremendous waste of parent’s money that they can’t pass all uniforms on to their opposite gender child, and how awful does every single school student body look these days when they are all dressed differently?

      The last state school my primary school daughter went to saw no less than SIX different styles of uniforms on display on any given day – boys shorts/pants, girls skorts, girls dress, girls, skirt, girls shorts/pants (different to the boys style), 3 different coloured polo shirts (normal wear, sport and fitness – not sure what the difference in those last two were), a collared boys short sleeve shirt, collared boys long sleeve shirt, peter pan collared girls short sleeve, peter pan collared girls long sleeve shirt… you get the picture. And what a waste of money that was. Plus the special Year 6 collared polo with all the kids names printed on them.


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