Independent school ranks grow
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.