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Inner-city Brisbane families will soon be able to finally send their children to a local high school, but only if they live within catchment boundaries just released by the state government.
The catchment boundaries for the first inner-city high school to open in Brisbane in 50 years were released by Education Queensland on Tuesday.
The Inner City North State Secondary College opens in January 2020. It will offer enrolment relief for Kelvin Grove State College, which already has more than 3000 students, and Brisbane State High School with more than 3100 students.
By 2025, the Inner City North State Secondary College will have 1500 students in years 7-12 in a contemporary model described as Brisbane’s first vertical high school.
The catchment for the new high school extends north and eastwards over Crosby Park and Allan Border Field towards Hamilton along Kingsford Smith Drive.
In the north-west it extends towards Downey Park and includes Northey Street and streets immediately to the north.
In the centre and south of the catchment are inner-city households in Teneriffe, Fortitude Valley, Spring Hill, Bowen Hills, Newstead, New Farm and Brisbane City.
Education Minister Grace Grace released the catchment boundaries in state Parliament on Tuesday. She said construction was well under way.
The existing Brookes Street building being modified as part of the new high school campus and the junior learning building on St Pauls Terrace will form most of the new high school when it opens.
“With the crane now on site, the vertical buildings to be delivered during 2020 are already out of the ground and progressing well,” Ms Grace said.
“The existing Brookes Street building is also undergoing a transformation ready for the opening in January 2020.”
The new high school project is part of the Queensland government’s $808 million Building Future Schools Fund.
The Inner City North State Secondary College is the sister inner-city high school campus to the new high school to be built at Dutton Park.
The new location for that new high school, opposite the Dutton Park Cemetery, was announced on April 1.
The idea of schools reusing inner-city buildings as schools was explored by Brisbane Times in 2017 when a similar schools model was put in place in Melbourne.
ICNSSC principal Sharon Barker said several hundred families had expressed interest in enrolling their children at the school.
“During the consultation period, the Department of Education called for preliminary expressions of interest for enrolments and has had more than 250 initial expressions of interest,” Ms Barker said.
“Now that the catchment has been finalised, all eligible families, including those that submitted a preliminary expression of interest, are now encouraged to apply to enrol at our school.”
The school will open to year 7 students in 2020 and “grow year by year” until 2025, when year 12s will be students at the school.
Some coursework will be loosely linked to Queensland University of Technology, while the new high school at Dutton Park is meant to be linked to coursework offered by the University of Queensland.
Those relationships are still being developed, while the physical construction of both inner-city high schools gets under way.