Lake Clarendon State School declares independence

FREE TO CHOOSE: Lake Clarendon State School leaders Zeke Kugel, Wyatt Utz and Montana Blatchly with Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss and principal Sandra Wright celebrate being named as an independent public school.
FREE TO CHOOSE: Lake Clarendon State School leaders Zeke Kugel, Wyatt Utz and Montana Blatchly with Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss and principal Sandra Wright celebrate being named as an independent public school. Amy Lyne

Lake Clarendon State School has declared independence and from next year will become an Independent Public School, the only school in the Lockyer Valley.

Principal Sandra Wright said the independence would give the school greater autonomy to make its own decisions and drive student performance.

"It will be an additional $50,000 every year and in addition to that we receive our one-off $50,000 grant to transition and set up things like a school council," Ms Wright said.

"Everything new will go through a school council; there is a minimum of six people that have to be on it.

"They approve any of the strategic directions that the school is going to go in.

"They are an approval board. All of the planning still happens at the staffing and P & C level and then all of those decisions go to the board for final approval."

The school council will be elected next year and will be an equal number of parents, staff and community members.

"For me it is about the flexibility and the greater decision making I can have as principal and the freedom to plan our own path," Ms Wright said.

She added that the Australian curriculum would still be in place but the school would have greater control on how much time was spent on things like literacy and numeracy.

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the school was selected from more than 80 expressions of interest statewide and would be one of 130 Independent Public Schools in Queensland next year.

"With greater input from parents, teachers and community members, the school will have more freedom to shape their own direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students," Mr Rickuss said.

He said the State Government had extended their target to 250 Independent Public Schools by 2017, so more Lockyer Valley schools would have the chance to become independent.

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