Clayfield Schools Shine in Latest Queensland Top 150 High School Rankings

Clayfield College
Photo Credit: Google Map/ Clayfield College

Three Clayfield schools have emerged as strong contenders in the latest rankings of Queensland’s top 150 high schools, according to an independent analysis by Better Education.



The 2023 rankings, based on Year 9 English and Maths results, reveal significant improvements for schools outside of Brisbane, with several making impressive strides.




Clayfield College on Gregory St is among the 19 new entries in the 2023 rankings, showcasing the growing academic strength of institutions outside the metropolitan area. The school placed alongside St Rita’s College on Enderley Rd, ranked at #28, and Aviation High School on Widdop St, ranked at #123.

Photo Credit: Google Map/ Clayfield College

Clayfield College is an independent, co-educational, Uniting Church Day, and boarding school. Established in 1931, it caters to students from preschool to Year 12. The college is known for its focus on academic excellence, pastoral care, and a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Photo Credit: St Rita’s College

St Rita’s College is an independent, Roman Catholic, single-sex secondary school for girls. Founded in 1926 by the Presentation Sisters, it serves students from Years 7 to 12. The college emphasises academic achievement, faith formation, and social justice, offering a well-rounded education that prepares young women for leadership roles.

Photo Credit: Aviation High School

Aviation High School is a state secondary school that specializes in aviation-related studies. Established in 2010, it caters to students in Years 7 to 12 who are interested in pursuing careers in the aviation industry. The school offers a unique curriculum that combines academic subjects with practical training in aviation, aerospace engineering, and aeronautical science.

While the top four positions remain unchanged, with esteemed institutions such as the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Technology and Brisbane Grammar School leading the pack, several schools have made notable climbs.

Somerville House and St Peters Lutheran College, both in Brisbane, each jumped four spots, securing fifth and sixth place, respectively. AB Paterson College on the Gold Coast also made a significant leap, rising nine places to break into the top 15.

RankSchoolLocalitySectorState Overall Score2022 Rank
1Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and TechnologyToowongGovernment1001
2Brisbane Grammar SchoolBrisbaneNon-Government1002
3Brisbane Girls Grammar SchoolBrisbaneNon-Government1003
4Brisbane State High SchoolSouth BrisbaneGovernment1004
5Somerville HouseSouth BrisbaneNon-Government1009
6St Peters Lutheran CollegeIndooroopillyNon-Government10010
7Somerset CollegeMudgeerabaNon-Government1005
8Ormiston CollegeOrmistonNon-Government1006
9St Joseph’s College Gregory TerraceBrisbaneNon-Government9911
10Cannon Hill Anglican CollegeCannon HillNon-Government9913
11Whitsunday Anglican SchoolBeaconsfieldNon-Government997
12Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)East BrisbaneNon-Government9915
13AB Paterson CollegeArundelNon-Government9922
14St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ SchoolCorindaNon-Government998
15All Hallows SchoolBrisbaneNon-Government9916
16Emmanuel CollegeCarraraNon-Government9924
17St Margaret’s Anglican Girls SchoolAscotNon-Government9914
18Ipswich Grammar SchoolIpswichNon-Government9912
19Redeemer Lutheran CollegeRochedaleNon-Government9921
20Matthew Flinders Anglican CollegeBuderimNon-Government9919
21All Saints Anglican SchoolMerrimacNon-Government9917
22Hillbrook Anglican SchoolEnoggeraNon-Government9927
23Mansfield State High SchoolMansfieldGovernment9929
24Citipointe Christian CollegeCarindaleNon-Government9834
25Brisbane Boys’ CollegeToowongNon-Government9818
26Sheldon CollegeSheldonNon-Government9823
27John Paul CollegeDaisy HillNon-Government9831
28Indooroopilly State High SchoolIndooroopillyGovernment9835
29Sunshine Coast Grammar SchoolForest GlenNon-Government9845
30Mt St Michael’s CollegeAshgroveNon-Government9825
31St Rita’s CollegeClayfieldNon-Government9828
32Northside Christian CollegeEverton ParkNon-Government9820
33Immanuel Lutheran CollegeBuderimNon-Government9869
34Annandale Christian CollegeAnnandaleNon-Government9874
35Loreto CollegeCoorparooNon-Government9839
36Stuartholme SchoolToowongNon-Government9844
37Ipswich Girls’ Grammar SchoolEast IpswichNon-Government9833
38Padua CollegeKedronNon-Government98New Entry
39St Andrew’s Anglican CollegePeregian SpringsNon-Government9847
40Moreton Bay CollegeManly WestNon-Government9752
41Marist College AshgroveAshgroveNon-Government9732
42Kelvin Grove State CollegeKelvin GroveGovernment9748
43Trinity Anglican SchoolWhite RockNon-Government9740
44Brisbane South Secondary CollegeDutton ParkGovernment97New Entry
45St John’s Anglican CollegeForest LakeNon-Government9757
46Mount Alvernia CollegeKedronNon-Government9741
47Cavendish Road State High SchoolHolland ParkGovernment9746
48Moreton Bay Boys CollegeManly WestNon-Government9762
49Townsville Grammar SchoolNorth WardNon-Government9726
50Villanova CollegeCoorparooNon-Government9760

The rankings reveal that public schools are holding their own against some of the state’s most prestigious private institutions. Five public schools, including Mansfield State High and Indooroopilly State High, have secured positions within the top 50.

Regional schools have also demonstrated remarkable improvement. Annandale Christian College in Townsville, St Luke’s Anglican School in Bundaberg, and Tamborine Mountain State High School in the Scenic Rim have all made significant jumps in the rankings.

Other notable advancements include Immanuel Lutheran College on the Sunshine Coast, Springfield Anglican College in Ipswich, and St Andrew’s Lutheran College on the Gold Coast, all of which have climbed considerably in the rankings.



The 2023 list highlights the dynamic nature of Queensland’s educational landscape, with schools across the state striving for excellence. The inclusion of new entries and the impressive progress of numerous institutions signal a promising future for education in the region.

Published Date 24-May-2024