Year 7 is moving to high school
From 2015, Year 7 will become the first year of high school in Queensland.
This is part of the Flying Start suite of education reforms.
Moving Year 7 to high school follows other major changes, such as the introduction of a Prep year in 2007 and raising the school starting age by 6 months in 2008. By 2015 Year 7 students will be in their eighth year of schooling and almost half of them will turn 13, which is the right age to begin high school. This change will also bring Queensland schools into line with the rest of the country (except South Australia).
In 2013, state high schools began the implementation of Junior Secondary for students in Years 8 and 9. Junior Secondary will also include Year 7 from 2015.
Junior Secondary recognises that young teens have different learning and social needs and it aims to provide the supportive environment these students need as they transition to high school.
Twenty state schools are currently piloting Year 7 in a secondary setting.
Murrumba State Secondary College was the first state high school to welcome Year 7 students when it opened its doors in January 2012.
Nineteen more schools have joined the pilot program since 2013.
Pilot schools will share their first-hand knowledge and experience with other schools as they prepare for the statewide move of Year 7 in 2015.