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Clayfield College
Clayfield College is a school of the Presbyterian & Methodist Schools Association located in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, offering co-ed from Pre-Prep to Year 7 (2023) and girls only from Years 8 to 12. Co-ed Boarding is also available from Year 5.
23 Gregory Street
PO Box 387 Clayfield Qld 4011
Brisbane North
07 3262 0262

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  • Early Learning
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • Single School Location
  • Independent
  • Christian
  • Presbyterian
  • Uniting Church
Co-Ed: Pre-Prep - Year 7
Girls Only: Years 8 - 12
Co-ed Boarding: Years 5 - 7
Girls Boarding: Years 8 - 12
Presbyterian & Uniting
available on application
Co-ed / Single-gender classes on co-ed campus
Co-Ed: Pre-Prep - Year 7. Fully Co-Ed by 2027
Gifted & Talented Program
BoardingBoarding Available
From Year 7
  • Academic Achievement
  • Community
  • Creative Arts
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Values
  • Sport
  • Spanish
  • Other Languages
  • Athletics (Track & Field)
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Running
  • Debating
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey (field)
  • Netball
  • Sailing
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball

Clayfield College Overview

Clayfield College is one of Queensland’s leading schools providing a tradition of quality education. Founded in 1931 Clayfield College celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2006. The College caters for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 and boys from PrePrep to Year 6. The College also caters for girl boarding students from Year 5. The College has a strong academic emphasis where students are encouraged to set and achieve personal goals within the academic arena. Class sizes ensure more attention can be given to each individual child’s needs. This approach has successfully ensured high academic results over many years for Clayfield College students. The Christian beliefs of the community support the personal development and fulfilment of each student’s life both during their time at school and upon completion of Year 12. Kodaly music teaching methods are employed from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Emphasis is placed on the care and nurturing of the individual. All teachers take an active interest in the well-being and general development of each student.



Easy access to rail and bus, close to the city centre and airports, before and after-school care and vacation care on the premises for Junior Schooling, Years 8 & 11 academic scholarships, Elite Sport Program. More than 95% of students receive tertiary offers on a regular basis.

JUNIOR SCHOOL (Pre-Prep to Year 6):
In the Junior School students are encouraged to achieve to their personal best in a wide range of areas. Pre-Prep is primarily a play based program whilst the Prep - Year 6 study the Australian Curriculum subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and SOSE whilst the other Key Learning Areas (KLAs)are based on the essential learning documents of the Queensland Study Authority. Specialists teach The Arts, including Music and Visual Art, Health and Physical Education, Library Skills, Information Communication Technologies, Learning Support & Enrichment, Gifted & Talented, Reading Intervention, Christian Education, LOTE, including Japanese, Design Technology and English as a Second Language.

(Years 7 -9):
The curriculum in the Middle Schooling Years is based on the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and SOSE whilst all other subjects are based on the Essential Learnings, published by the Queensland Studies Authority, across the eight nationally recognised Key Learning Areas (KLAs). Students in Years 7 and 8 work in core classes where they study a common curriculum together. Each class is assigned a core teacher who teaches a number of subjects to that class. In Year 7 the core teacher will teach at least 3 subjects. This is augmented by specialist teachers in other subejcts. Year 8 and 9 students have a variety of teachers. Year 9 is the bridge from Middle School to Senior School. In this year students study a variety of common subjects as well as three elective subjects. Specific needs of students are met with programs such as English as a Second Langauge, Learning Support and Enrichment Programs.

(Years 10 – 12):
The Senior School curriculum is structured to meet the needs of students aiming for tertiary study as well as those wishing to pursue other post-school pathways. Special Needs students and Gifted & Talented students are also catered for. Subjects offered in Year 10 are designed to be both terminating courses, representing for some students, their final year of study in a particular subject, as well as foundation courses for subjects undertaken in Years 11 and 12. Students in Years 11 and 12 can choose from subjects leading to the award of an Overall Position (OP) or choose a vocatioanl oriented course which may lead to a Selection Rank. All courses offerred in Years 11 and 12 may contribute to the award of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
Clayfield College offers a flexible curriculum which includes traditional academic subjects as well as catering for students who wish to pursue vocational fields.
Fully air-conditioned classrooms, well-resourced computer and specialist facilities, a modern boarding house (with a range of accommodation styles including single ensuited rooms, twin share facilities and small dormitory style) heated pool, outstanding sports complex.
Clayfield College offers a comprehensive co and extra-curricular program. This program involves Red Cross, Amnesty International, Debating and Public Speaking, Double Helix Science Club, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Future Problem Solving, Interact, UN Women, Artbox, Drama Club. The sporting program is extensive and includes: swimming, hockey, softball, cricket, artistic gymnastics, athletics, netball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cross-country, touch and badminton. In addition, an Elite Sports Program caters for tennis, swimming, gymnastics, hockey, soccer and athletics. In the cultural sphere the College offers a full music program with tuition and ensemble groups. These include: Strings, wind, brass, percussion, piano and vocal.

Clayfield College Boarding House caters for students from Year 5 to Year 12. Boarding students come from all states and territories of Australia as well as overseas. Within Australia, students come from metropolitan and rural areas alike.

Comfortable facilities housed within a beautiful heritage listed building include single ensuited rooms, twin share and dormitory style accommodation, small and large recreational rooms, a computer and study area and music practice rooms.

Boarders are cared for by friendly, supportive and experienced staff who are required to have a blue card as well as First Aid and CPR qualifications. 

Our professional chefs provide a varied and plentiful menu for the boarders to enjoy.

As the cognitive development of students is linked with their emotional and physical weel-being, education at Clayfield College is concerned with the whole person. Of importance is the provision of opportunities for support and guidance, along with learning experiences to develop skills necessary in our to live effectively in our complex society. Helping to develop resilience in our young people is at the forefront of our Pastoral care Program. The comprehensive proram of pastoral care recognises the needs of each individual student. Significant opportunities for each student's spiritual, social, emotional, physical, cultural and academic growth are provided. A caring and supportive environment at Clayfield College is accomplished through eight pathways: 1. daily routine in the classrooms and in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities 2. Chapel Worship and Christian Education Program 3.The House system 4. Assemblies 5. Personal Development Program 6. Outdoor Education Program 7. Community Service 8. Student Leadership Through the eight pathways of the Pastoral Care Program which creates a supported environment for Clayfield College students, differences are celebrated rather than separteness emphasised.

Clayfield College will be a learning community where all are encouraged to grow, serve and develop their abilities in our Christian environment

Clayfield College offers a stimulating curriculum that incorporates innovative learning experiences, and an understanding and acceptance of individual skills and talents. Our aim is to provide every child with an outstanding teaching and learning environment by supporting the diversity of our learners with contemporary teaching styles. Our Teaching and Learning Programs inspire our students to achieve their academic potential through a range of learning experiences that engage, excite and challenge them.

Please vist our website for a full list of our offered programs: https://www.clayfield.qld.edu.au/life-learning/teaching-and-learning

Clayfield College is centrally located on the major arterial road, Sandgate Road, which flows from the CBD to the northern suburbs and the Sunshine Coast.

The Citytrain network is situated close by with both Eagle Junction and Clayfield railway stations only a short walk away.

There are bus stops located just outside the school for Brisbane City Council services and private bus lines such as Red and White provide dedicated services for private all girl schools to various suburbs in north Brisbane.

This year, Clayfield College has partnered with St Joseph's Nudgee College to offer access to 14 different bus routes across Brisbane.  These safe and reliable services make getting to Clayfield College even easier.

Clayfield College participates in the annual ACER Scholarship program which is conducted in February each year.

Clayfield College offers a number of scholarships - Academic Scholarships, Excellence Scholarships, Boarding Scholarships and Music Scholarships.

For more information on the Scholarship program at Clayfield College contact the Director of Enrolments on 07 3262 0220 or enrol@clayfield.qld.edu.au.


"My daughter, Olivia, is a boarder in Year 7. Prior to her attending Clayfield College she has always attended a small school in western Queensland, where I (as a parent) have known all of her teachers personally and have had much involvement with all aspects of her schooling. Sending your child away is a daunting experience. Not knowing the staff, or understanding the new routines and expectations, and not being there to support my daughter to the extent that I have in the past is at times a little overwhelming for me. Your staff should be commended on their actions. Every email, call and letter is received with much gratitude. It all helps make this adjustment period so much easier on us all."
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Our aim at Clayfield College is to challenge our students academically through enquiry and engagement, whilst nurturing an intellectual curiosity of the world around them. We offer a stimulating academic curriculum, and comprehensive co-curricular opportunities for our students to pursue their interest in sport, the arts, and service leadership.

The College has a strong academic focus, where our students are encouraged to set and achieve personal academic goals. Through our extension learning programs, we offer a broad range of activities that foster essential enquiry skills, such as problem solving, creative thinking, flexibility and tenacity. Our relatively small class sizes also ensure that more attention is given to each individual student. But, more importantly, learning is for life, not just for school. Our Pastoral Care Program focuses on a holistic approach which encourages our students to develop commitment, self-discipline, self-motivation and a sense of social responsibility. We encourage our students to be happy, laugh often, work hard and give back to the community.

Ultimately, what Clayfield College offers is an opportunity for your son or daughter to explore their full potential. Our highly experienced staff have the passion, drive and ability to inspire and guide, him or her, to be the very best they can be.

Shining OP Achievements at Clayfield College

In September 2016, The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association announced the appointment of highly qualified Mrs Kathy Bishop to lead the staff and student body as the sixth Principal of Clayfield College.

Kathy has over 35 years’ educational experience including roles as Acting Principal at Clayfield College and executive positions at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School and St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School.

Kathy is very proud and honoured to accept her new role and aims to challenge the students academically though enquiry and engagement, whilst nurturing an intellectual curiosity of the world around them

Kathy’s favourite quote to her Clayfield students is “Be happy, laugh often, work hard and give back to the community.”

Clayfield College’s motto “Let Your Light Shine” is exactly what the 2016 Year 12 cohort has done delivering outstanding OP results. Kathy is very proud of the strongest results ever for the OP 1-5, OP 1-10 and OP 1-15 range, 23.1 per cent of the Clayfield College 2016 graduates achieved an OP 1 or 2 and 50 per cent achieved an OP between 1 and 6.

“I have a clear vision that when students leave Clayfield, they leave as students of honour with a global network through the contacts they have made either by way of mentors or overseas exchange programs,” Kathy Bishop said.

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