26 September 2023

State’s first vertical school hits new heights

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The Department of Education has announced that Stage Two of Queensland’s first vertical school at Fortitude Valley State Secondary College has been completed.

Stage Two has added a senior learning precinct, ready for the first cohort of Year 10 students next year.

It has also added 13 classrooms for Years 10 to 12 and a sports facility for all students.

Minister for Education, Grace Grace said the new air-conditioned classrooms included two industrial technology laboratories, two industry standard kitchens, three senior science laboratories, one textiles studio, two visual arts studios and three breakout spaces for independent and group learning.

“These classrooms have been built above an enclosed sports facility with two multi-purpose courts,” Ms Grace said

She said about 450 students in Years 7-to-9 were currently receiving an education at the College, and the school would continue to add a year level every year until the first Year 12 cohort began in 2025.

“Fortitude Valley State Secondary College is one of 21 new schools opened since 2015, with another four scheduled to open next year,” the Minister said.

Principal of Fortitude Valley State Secondary College, Sharon Barker said the new senior learning precinct was a fantastic asset for the community.

“It has given our school a range of specialist teaching spaces for our senior students that will allow us to provide rich and authentic learning experiences,” Ms Barker said.

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