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New Schools & Campuses

Starting a school is a very arduous but exciting process. It requires a significant investment of time, capital, energy and enthusiasm. The planning, preparation and accreditation approval phases, which take place prior to the doors opening to the first intake of students, and before any funding can be received, can often take many years.

Demand

The number of school-aged children in Queensland has been forecast to increase from around 800,000 in 2016 to nearly 1.1 million in 2036. Capacity will need to be increased to cater for an estimated additional 263,000 students over this 20-year period (or 13,000 extra students each year).

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) provides vital advice and resources for setting up a new school, or adding a campus to an existing school, including:

  • the steps involved in setting up a new independent school or campus
  • the approvals you need to operate
  • how to apply for accreditation
  • government funding
  • school management issues, including industrial relations, and professional development for school leaders and staff.

Independent Schools Queensland provides this range of useful information and resources for anyone considering opening a new school or campus. You are encouraged to contact ISQ in the very early stages of planning.
Email ISQ at newschool@isq.qld.edu.au.

To apply to access ISQ's New Schools Resource, complete this form. 

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