Strong Demand Prompts Clayfield College To Take In More Students

‘Strong enrolment demand’ from local families has led Brisbane independent school Clayfield College to add an extra class in each Year level from Prep to Year 5, starting 2023.

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College Principal, Dr. Andrew Cousins, said they already have families on waiting lists for these Years, and with continued strong enquiry levels and demand for their tours, they felt it was the right time to announce the increase and allow families time to plan their educational arrangements for 2023.

The additional classes are just among the big changes coming to the college, after it announced plans to transition as fully co-educational (Pre-Prep to Year 12).

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At present, Clayfield College is co-educational from Pre-Prep to Year 6, and girls only from Years 7 to 12.

Boys will be added to the Secondary School one cohort at a time until the College is fully co-educational in 2027.

The transition will be done using the Parallel Learning Model, which combines the advantages of single sex and co-educational education.

The learning model promises the “best of both worlds” because it allows for gender-specific teaching when it matters most, with all the social benefits of a co-educational campus.

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“For some years and across multiple surveys and feedback forums, parents have asked the College to become fully co-educational because it would better suit their families,” the school stated in its website.

From 2023, Year 7 students will begin single-sex learning streams, continuing through Years 8 and 9. In Year 10, students come together for selected classes and then benefit from fully co-educational classes in Years 11 and 12.

“Families are appreciating the opportunity for a co-educational offering at one of Brisbane’s finest schools, and with an enviable heritage and a bright, innovative future, Clayfield is well placed to truly offer an exceptional educational experience,” Dr. Cousins said.

To learn more about Clayfield College’s new education option, visit