Gold Coast schools overwhelmed with population growth

New data has revealed public schools on the Gold Coast are reaching capacity, with growth rates not slowing down.

Education Queensland’s latest figures demonstrate schools are struggling to keep up with the coast’s booming population.

Student population in particular has grown over 40 percent in the last four years, with as many as 800 extra enrolments every year.


Overall, the Gold Coast’s population of students has grown 11 percent, which more than outweighs the growth around the rest of the country.

With many young families moving north to areas around Coomera and Pimpama, the northern corridor is working to keep up with demand.

Two new schools are opening in the area: one in Coomera next year, and another planned for Pimpama.

Though Gold Coast Teacher’ Union Representative Jo Walsh told Newscorp it still feels like schools are ‘bursting at the seems’.

Ms Walsh said that while the new schools are good news and much needed, she’s concerned existing schools are ‘lacking’, with examples of Palm Beach State and Currumbin State almost at capacity, and no funding in site for expansion.

Temporary solutions are reportedly in place for some schools, such as demountables.

The State Government is expected to spend around $165,000 on demountables for at least seven schools this year.

Last month, Education Minister Grace Grace said the Government is aware of the Gold Coast’s needs.

She also reassured parents not to be concerned with schools reaching capacity, as the State Government manages enrolment and population trends and will build schools if the growth warrants it.