Types of schools

There are a range of different teaching environments for Queensland teachers, offering exciting career opportunities and a chance to make a difference.

Primary schools

Primary schools provide students with seven years of compulsory learning from Prep to Year 6. Students develop skills and knowledge relevant to their present and future needs and gain a greater understanding of other cultures and technology.

Secondary schools

Secondary schools, or high schools, provide educational programs for students from Year 7 to Year 12. Students are offered a broad range of academic and vocational subjects enabling them to pursue a course of study that will further their educational and career goals.

P-10/12 schools

P-10/12 schools provide education to students from Prep to Year 10 or Year 12 depending on the school's location. Generally, P-10/12 schools provide students with a seamless transition across the phases of learning, and many are very innovative in the way they offer the curriculum.

Enriched Education - Queensland Academies

The Queensland Academies aim to accelerate learning opportunities for Queensland's best and brightest students in Years 10, 11 and 12, working in partnership with Queensland Universities. For more information visit the Queensland Academies website.

Special schools

Special schools provide highly specialised and individual programs in many locations for students with significant support needs. The range of staff employed include teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and registered nurses.

Hospital schools

Hospital schools provide either classroom or ward-based specialised educational programs for students from Prep to Year 12. A student can be an admitted patient, a sibling of a patient or a child of a patient. Hospital school teaching staff, in liaison with medical staff, provide a warm, supportive and flexible educational environment for students during their hospital stay.

Schools of Distance Education

Schools of Distance Education provide educational programs for students from Prep to Year 12, who are unable to attend a traditional school setting due to geographic isolation, illness or other special circumstances. Schools of distance education also provide services to families who choose home-based learning, adults who are completing their schooling, and students living overseas.

Centres for continuing secondary education

Centres for continuing secondary education offer similar educational programs to state high schools, with vocational and academic subjects available to post-compulsory-age students. There are four centres specifically set up to provide day and evening classes for adult students.

Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres

Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres (OEECs) develop and deliver outdoor and environmental education programs for schools and the community, and provide professional development for teachers. These centres provide information about local environmental issues, and serve as venues for school excursions and camps.

Find out where these schools are located.

Last updated 08 March 2017

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