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Discussion in 'Renting & Real Estate' started by Ktee, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Ktee

    Ktee Administrator

    AMBITIOUS parents are increasingly trading private school fees for a bigger mortgage in an attempt to get their children into Queensland's most popular state schools.

    A Right to Information investigation by The Courier-Mail reveals the drastic lengths parents are taking.

    Many are selling their homes to buy or rent inside the school's catchment to meet strict enrolment criteria, while others are lodging desperate appeals with school enrolment committees to show leniency.

    But schools are holding a firm line as they battle overcrowding.

    Two of Queensland's most popular state high schools, the Gold Coast's Palm Beach Currumbin State High and Brisbane State High, have knocked back scores of enrolment applications because students do not live within the defined catchment.

    Palm Beach Currumbin School received 40 applications last year from students outside the catchment.

    The school is among 216 statewide with Enrolment Management Plans in place, which limit enrolments to students in the local catchment. EMP schools have discretion to accept students from outside, including those who qualify on merit.

    Education Queensland has previously warned that Brisbane State High School could be forced to stop taking meritorious students from outside its catchment as it struggles to meet rising demand from the local area.

    It already has more students than its official capacity.

    Ray White South Brisbane agent Luke Croft said he had seen a huge rise in buyers searching for a property within the Brisbane State High catchment after deciding to swap expensive school fees for a bigger mortgage, with most currently living 10km-20km from the boundary.

    Michelle Fuller moved into Highgate Hill from the more affordable Wellington Point 14 months ago so her son Perry could attend Brisbane State High School.

    "The savings on private school fees are quite significant," Ms Fuller said. "Me and a lot of people I talk to have considered the costs."

    Harcourts Proactive business owner John Kalaja said he has had buyers from as far as Japan moving into the catchment area to ensure their primary-aged children could eventually attend the school.

    Ray White Ascot principal Dwight Ferguson said Ascot State School was a big drawcard for homebuyers in the area and the first question often asked was: "Is this home in the catchment area?".

    "People will settle for less (in a home) to be in the catchment," he said.

  2. lesleybruck

    lesleybruck Member

    Where can i get info on the best schools in qld? as want kids to go good state schools i need primary and high school kids aged 5 and 12
  3. Ktee

    Ktee Administrator

    Give me an idea of suburb and we can give you a few to look at.
  4. lesleybruck

    lesleybruck Member

    We looking any areas around south sunshine coast or north lakes, redcliffe but really areas no further than hr away from cbd just incase thats where hubby gets job but ideally sunshine coast. i havent really looked much into south brisbane thou
  5. thehousehunters

    thehousehunters New Member

    Brisbane State High School has always had a strong reputation and has always been a draw card for people moving to the area, its considered a private school but in the public system (my old school so i can only say good things) it also has a good academic record and also has a great sporting culture. a great website for schols is this has the rankings of schools in QLD.
  6. lesleybruck

    lesleybruck Member

    cheers thank you
  7. Nicnic

    Nicnic New Member

    I really liked Brisbane Sh for my son but for what I could afford in the catchment area it wasnt worth it so I shall keep looking

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