LOCALS FIRST: Lockyer District High School principal Andrew Pierpoint manages an enrolment plan.
LOCALS FIRST: Lockyer District High School principal Andrew Pierpoint manages an enrolment plan. Amy Lyne

Lockyer Valley forecast: no new schools for 20 years

ENROLMENT may be peaking at 90% capacity, but Lockyer District High School looks set to remain Gatton's only school for the foreseeable future.

School principal Andrew Pierpoint said they were implementing Education Queensland's plan that gave enrolment priority to local students, which is triggered automatically once enrolments pass 90%.

"We have what we call an enrolment management plan which means there is a boundary drawn around the school," Mr Pierpoint said.

"If you live in the boundary, you are guaranteed enrolment and if you live out of catchment you have to apply."

A spokesperson for the Department of Education said current enrolment projections indicated Lockyer District State High School would have sufficient capacity to cater for enrolment growth until at least 2020, with some further expansion of capacity required to 2030.

"Based on current indications of growth and development in the Lockyer Valley, no new school is anticipated in the next 20 years," the spokesperson said.


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