New ICNSSC School Catchment to Help Relieve Enrolment Pressure on Kedron State HS

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Kedron State HS gets relief with the release of the new Inner City North State Secondary College (ICNSSC) catchment area.

Education Minister Grace Grace announced the release of the new catchment area for ICNSSC which is located on St Pauls Terrace and Brookes Street in Fortitude Valley.

As the growing student population pushed inner-city schools to either near or full capacity, ICNSSC will help ease enrolment congestion in these schools, including Kedron State High School. Day 8 enrolments in Kedron State High School for 2018 and 2019 were 1,505 and 1,602 respectively; the maximum enrolment capacity in KSHS is 1,586.

The new catchment comes with a few changes: a slight increase to the northeastern boundary and slight reduction to the northwestern, thereby altering eligibility zones for Kelvin Grove State College, Kedron SHS, and Aviation High.

The modifications are intended to avoid splitting the streets between catchments as well as to follow main roads and natural landmarks.

“After consulting with the local community late last year, the Department of Education has finalised the catchment for the new state high school, providing much-anticipated certainty for local families,” Ms Grace said.

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As announced, the new ICNSSC will open in 2020 to year 7 students, growing each year to 2025 when it is expected to accommodate 1,500 students in Years 7-12.

“It’s fantastic to achieve this milestone, which will allow us to open enrolments for the first cohort of Year 7 students, so they are ready to start school in Term 1, 2020.

“The feedback from the local community highlighted that the local inner northern Brisbane communities are very excited to be a part of this future-focused secondary college.”

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During the consultation period, the Department of Education received more than 250 preliminary expressions of interest for enrolments, according to ICNSSC Principal Sharon Barker.

“Now that the catchment has been finalised, all eligible families, including those that submitted a preliminary expression of interest, are now encouraged to apply to enrol at our school,” Ms Barker said.

The new ICNSSC, the first in 50 years, is part of the government’s $808 million Building Future Schools Fund and will be delivered in conjunction with the Queensland University of Technology.