Search enrolment growth for every QLD school
ENROLMENTS at two dozen Queensland schools surged by more than 500 students in just five years including some of Brisbane's most in-demand public schools.
Analysis by The Courier-Mail of enrolment data from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority has revealed the enrolment increase or decrease of every school in the state from 2013 to 2018.
Of the 24 Queensland schools which had enrolments soar by more than 500 students, some were new schools which expanded each year such as Pimpama State Secondary College (opened in 2013) and Springfield Central State High School (2011).
But the list also included longstanding public high schools where enrolment demands have increased due to a combination of population growth and the schools' high performance in academic outcomes such as OP scores and NAPLAN.
Kelvin Grove State College student numbers climbed by 1073 enrolments from 2013 to 2018, with almost 3350 students now enrolled.
Murrumba State Secondary College added a further 966 students in the five year period, while Mansfield State High School (a further 899 students), Indooroopilly State High School (831) and Brisbane State High School (800) also saw huge growth in the five years to 2018, with the latter now reaching more than 3100 students.
A Department of Education spokeswoman said state school enrolments were expected to continue to grow each year as Queensland's population also climbs.
"The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring all students, no matter where they live, have access to a range of high quality learning opportunities within their local communities," she said.
"Additional classrooms are provided to schools experiencing enrolment growth to ensure that classes are not 'overcrowded'."
A number of significant investments had been made at schools in strong demand over the past five years, including more than $51 million at Kelvin Grove State College and $34 million at Mansfield State High School.
Indooroopilly State High School received $17 million to deliver 17 new learning areas and ten specialist areas to increase capacity, with construction due to be completed in 2020.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the State Government was investing heavily in new classrooms to cater for enrolment growth, with $1.5 billion allocated in the most recent budget for school infrastructure.
She said 13 new public schools had been built since 2015, with eight to open in 2020 and a further five in 2021.
"There are now some 2,000 additional classrooms in use in schools across Queensland," she said.
No. of extra students, 2013 - 2018
Pimpama State Secondary College, 1294
Kelvin Grove State College, 1073
Murrumba State Secondary College, 966
Mansfield State High School, 899
Springfield Central State High School, 871
King's Christian College, 856
Indooroopilly State High School, 831
Brisbane State High School, 800
Stretton State College, 761
Mango Hill State School, 751
Cairns School of Distance Education, 709
Capricornia School of Distance Education, 645
Mackay Northern Beaches State High School, 637
Brightwater State School, 621
Chancellor State College, 612
Springfield Central State School, 611
Coomera Rivers State School, 606
Beenleigh State High School, 591
St Benedict's College, 557
Ambrose Treacy College, 555
Southport State High School, 546
Augusta State School, 542
Cavendish Road State High School, 525
Meridan State College, 502