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    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Capacity data shows schools catering for current, future needs

    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, August 02, 2011

    Capacity data shows schools catering for current, future needs

    Queensland’s Education Minister Cameron Dick has released detailed data showing enrolment figures for every school in Queensland, along with information about each school’s capacity.

    “Careful and considered planning is helping Queensland’s state schools meet both current needs and long-term enrolment projections,” Mr Dick said.

    “State schools in growth areas are well utilised. Having schools operating at or near capacity is the most effective use of resources and demonstrates responsible planning.

    “Across the state, more than 97 per cent of schools operate at or within capacity.

    “At the small number of schools that are experiencing an increase in numbers over current capacity, Education Queensland provides extra modular classrooms and longer-term strategies such as enrolment management and flexible time-tabling.

    “This support ensures schools are able to meet student enrolment demand, including any unexpected enrolment growth.

    “The government also builds new schools and extra facilities where necessary, particularly in fast-growing communities.”

    The Queensland Government opened five new schools for 2011: at Augusta State School in Ipswich, Coomera Rivers State School, Springfield Central State High School, Springfield Central State School and Woodlinks State School near Collingwood Park.

    North Lakes State College, Ormeau Woods State High School and Stretton State College were all expanded for the start of 2011. Five more new schools are scheduled to open in 2012.

    “Education Queensland works diligently to manage capacity and class sizes in each school,” Mr Dick said.

    “However, we are also mindful that contemporary research shows that the biggest influence by far on student outcomes is the quality of teaching.

    “That is why a major plank in the government’s Flying Start reforms focuses on improving teacher induction and training.”

    Media contact: Education and Industrial Relations Minister 3237 1072 
    2 August 2011