Schools over capacity with others getting close
PALM Beach-Currumbin State High School is over capacity, forcing measures to restrict enrolment to students within its community.
Visiting NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli at the same meeting said there would be no new school for Pottsville in the near future, yet up to six Gold Coast schools are over capacity and many more are reaching full capacity.
He said this was due to a decline in enrolments at Kingscliff High School.
According to Education Queensland Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School has seen its enrolment grow by an average of 100 students per year from 1117 in 1994 to over 1900 students by 2003.
The school now has 2100 students.
"This growth has resulted from the successful introduction of programs which appeal to the aspirations of students and which have enhanced the otherwise good reputation of the school in the Gold Coast community," an Education Queensland report said.
"These specialised programs and their date of introduction include Sports Excellence (1996), Academic Excellence (2001), Performing Arts Excellence (2002), and the Industry Pathway Program (2003).
"In addition the general reputation of the school has attracted large numbers of students to enrol at the school from outside the local area even if they are not part of a specialised program."
The report said the student population of the school is above its design capacity and management of the enrolment is seen as a way of preserving highly successful specialised programs while at the same time restricting enrolments from outside the local area.
"Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School recognises as its prime obligation the provision of access to an appropriate educational service for students resident within this community as defined by its local catchment area," the report added.
"Because of enrolment capacity and growth, Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School may be unable to meet this obligation in future, unless action is taken now to manage enrolment."