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A new state primary school for Ripley

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​​A new state primary school is being planned for the growing area of Ripley and will open for Prep to Year 6 for Term 1, 2023.

The new school will include an administration building, prep and junior learning spaces, resource centre, multi-purpose hall, canteen, car parking, amenities and an oval, providing excellent educational facilities to the community.

Ripley’s newest state school will increase the capacity ​of the local schooling network and provide enrolment relief to Ripley Valley State School, Deebing Heights State School, Fernbrooke State School and the wider community.

Project timeline

Banner which shows the text 'planning' and 'design' with a dark blue background and 'construction' and 'open – Term 1, 2023' with a grey background. 

Project status

  • This project is in the design phase.
  • The Concept Master Plan has been completed.
  • Contract documentation is under review.​

What's next

  • Construction contract to be awarded in late 2021.
  • Construction to commence on si​​​te.
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Fast facts

Scheduled opening
January 2023

Year levels
Prep to Year 6

Location
Binnies Road, Ripley

Electorate
Blair

Budget (GST inclusive)
$59.9​ mil​lion​

Jobs created
150*

Contractor​
To be appointed​

​​Contact us
Email:​ ​BuildingFutureSchools@qed.qld.gov.au​


*Subject to detailed design and contract award.

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 Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How can I register to enrol a student in the new school?

From early 2022, the department will seek expressions of interest (EOIs) for students wishing to enrol at the new state school in Ripley. Submitting an EOI does not guarantee your child a place but ensures you are part of the developing school community.

Following the appointment of the Foundation Principal, the new school administration team will then manage the finalisation of enrolments. Leading up to the school’s opening, the department keeps the Foundation Principal informed on community members who have submitted enrolment EOIs.

When will student enrolments open?

From early 2022, the department will seek expressions of interest (EOIs) for students wishing to enrol at the new state school in Ripley. Submitting an EOI does not guarantee your child a place but ensures you are part of the developing school community.

Following the appointment of the Foundation Principal, the new school administration team will then manage the finalisation of enrolments. Leading up to the school’s opening, the department keeps the Foundation Principal informed on community members who have submitted enrolment EOIs.

How can I register to become a teacher at the new school?

Following the appointment of the Foundation Principal in mid-2022, employment opportunities will be advertised on the Queensland Government website.

Can I register to become a supplier for the school’s facilities?

The Queensland Procurement Policy 2019 requires there to be a full, fair and reasonable opportunity for Queensland suppliers to supply government. Government tender processes are released to market via the QTenders website.

You can receive emails about new tender opportunities, tailoring them to your industry and location. To register for future tender opportunities, visit QTenders and click on 'Suppliers' under 'Register'. Complete the relevant details for your organisation on this page to receive notifications. We would also encourage you to regularly check the site for other opportunities.

You can monitor the procurement arrangements available across the Queensland Government by visiting the Queensland Contracts Directory. In addition, you may like to consider registering with QBuild for upcoming work they may seek quotes for.

Please contact the service help desk on bsu@hpw.qld.gov.au or (07) 3215 3699 for further information. If you have any questions, please contact the Procurement Support Unit at procurement.facilities@qed.qld.gov.au.

What are the construction working hours?

Construction activities will be undertaken in accordance with Ipswich City Council regulations, which stipulate that construction begins no earlier than 6.30am and concludes no later than 6.30pm. If works are required outside of regulated construction hours, such as night works, the contractor will seek the necessary approvals and keep the local community informed. For more information on construction and noise regulations, please visit the official Ipswich City Council webpage.

What measures are in place to minimise construction impacts?

Mitigation measures will vary between projects and be adopted by the contractor to reduce impacts during construction. Measures may include: scheduling works to avoid sensitive times, selecting appropriate machinery and equipment, installing noise and environmental impacts mitigation treatments, ongoing monitoring and providing advance notice to the neighbouring community.

It is important to recognise that the construction period is temporary and the delivery of new educational infrastructure provides a significant long-term benefit to the broader community.

How was the new school site chosen?

The department has identified increased growth and primary student enrolment relief needed in Ripley. The large population growth, the considerable number of additional primary students expected and the projected capacity pressure at nearby state primary schools all support the need for a new school. The new school will provide long-term enrolment capacity in the school network and enable the department to address the growing demand that is occurring in this area.

When will the catchment area for the new school become available?

The catchment area for the new school will be confirmed during Term 3, 2022 and become available closer to the end of the year. When available, the new catchment can be found on EdMaps.

What other new schools are being delivered in Queensland?

The department actively monitors enrolment growth across Queensland to ensure all children, no matter where they live, have access to quality educational facilities. When planning for new schools, the department considers capacity of the existing network, the ability to expand existing schools, growth in the local student population and land availability. For more information on new schools being planned and delivered across Queensland, please visit the program page.

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Last updated 28 September 2021