Stuckey congratulates new Independent Public School

17 Oct 2013 1:00 PMJann Stuckey

17 October 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has congratulated Tallebudgera State School on being named one of 54 Queensland state schools to adopt the Independent Public Schools model from the start of 2014.

Ms Stuckey said the local schools were selected from more than 100 expressions of interest state wide. “As an Independent Public School, Tallebudgera State School will be well-placed to benefit from increased autonomy to deliver the best possible outcomes for their students and this community,” Ms Stuckey said.

“With greater input from parents, teachers and community members, the school will have more freedom to shape their own direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students.

“Over time, I have no doubt this will lead to better innovation, stronger partnerships with industry and the community and the tailoring of school programs.”

“Palm-Beach Currumbin High School has been operating under the new Independent Public School model since the beginning of 2013, going from strength to strength as they carve out their own identity.

Principal of Tallebudgera State School, Toni Robinson said Tallebudgera is a great school community and we are very keen to take greater responsibility for our strategic direction and keep our school moving forward.

“As an Independent Public School we will be able to use the increased flexibility to build and improve our current programs in academic excellence and performing art,” Ms Robinson said.

Ms Stuckey said the Independent Public School initiative was one of the many ways the Newman Government was reducing red tape so that schools could focus on delivering a quality education experience for their students.

“Our local schools are already enjoying a great deal of autonomy and a number of new measures have been announced recently to further reduce the administrative burden for all state schools,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Queensland Government is investing $21 million in establishing 120 Independent Public Schools by 2016.”