In­de­pen­dent school ranks grow

The Weekend Post - - News -

NEW data shows a growth in the num­ber of in­de­pen­dent schools across the coun­try as well as Queens­land.

Fig­ures re­leased this month by the Bureau of Statis­tics re­vealed the num­ber of in­de­pen­dent schools jumped by 14 to 1042 between 2015 and 2016.

In­de­pen­dent stu­dent num­bers also grew by more than 7000 over the same pe­riod.

In Queens­land, the data showed in­de­pen­dent schools catered for about 15 per cent of all Queens­land stu­dents.

En­rol­ment sat at 117,416 stu­dents and three new schools opened in 2016, tak­ing the to­tal to 195. In­de­pen­dent Schools Queens­land ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Robert­son said the in­de­pen­dent sec­tor pro­vided spe­cialised pro­grams such as dis­en­gaged youth, trade train­ing or stu­dents with a dis­abil­ity.

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