Why is Year 7 moving?

From 2015, Year 7 will become part of high school in all state and non-state schools across Queensland.
We have consulted widely before introducing this positive change and it follows the successful introduction of Prep as the first year of schooling in 2007. 

In 2008, the Year 1 entry age was raised by six months, bringing Queensland into line with other states. As a result, by 2015 more than half the students in Year 7 will be turning 13. 

Educators agree that young teenagers are ready for greater independence and the depth of learning that high school provides, which is why in most other states and territories across Australia, Year 7 is already the first year of high school.

By 2015 Queensland Year 7 students will be in their eighth year of school, and this is the right year for high school to begin.

Moving Year 7 to high school will also allow Queensland students to take advantage of the Australian Curriculum which was introduced at the beginning of 2012. In high school, our Year 7 students will benefit from access to specialist resources and teachers, such as science labs and science teachers.​

To support our young Queenslanders we will:
  • move Year 7 to high school in all state, Catholic and independent schools in Queensland by 2015
  • introduce Junior Secondary in all state schools from 2013 for Years 8 and 9, with Year 7 joining in 2015. Catholic and independent schools will decide how their Years 7, 8 and 9 will be structured
  • pilot Year 7 in 20 state high schools and share their insights and experiences prior to 2015
  • review the educational needs of geographically isolated families and the services available to them
  • assist state, Catholic and independent schools to prepare and upgrade facilities​ for the move.
The Australian Curriculum 

Queensland adopted the new Australian Curriculum for the subjects of English, mathematics and science at the beginning of 2012, and the history curriculum in 2013. 

Every Australian school student will study this core national curriculum. 

The Australian Curriculum focuses on a greater depth of knowledge and understanding as students progress through school. By moving Year 7 to high school, we will be able to provide our students with access to the specialist facilities and expertise to support this focus. 

Over the next few years we will continue to support schools and teachers by building on the hard work that is already underway. 

Pilot schools 

Following an expression of interest process in 2011, 20 state schools were chosen to pilot the move of Year 7 to high school. The pilot schools were: 

Need more information?

State schools can find out more about the Year 7 move by contacting their regional director.

Parents can find out more about the Year 7 move by visiting the Questions and answers page.

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