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Secondary School Structure

Secondary School Structure

How are secondary schools structured in each state?

How are secondary schools structured in Queensland?

Students begin their secondary education in Year 7 (average age 12 years) and can continue until Year 12 (average age 17 years).

Schools that cater for students in the secondary years (Years 7–12) include:

  • P–12 schools: These schools may offer curriculum programs for the early, middle and senior years.
  • P–10 schools: These schools offer curriculum programs for Prep to Year 10, usually in rural and remote locations.
  • Secondary schools: These schools offer curriculum programs for Years 7–12.
  • Senior schools: These schools offer curriculum programs for students in Years 10–12 or Years 11–12.

The Senior Statement and, if eligible, the Queensland Certificate of Education or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement are awarded to students at the completion of Year 12. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority issues these certificates.

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