Parallel Learning

Queensland families will have a new education option from 2023.

Clayfield College will begin the transition to a coeducational school in 2023 and offer families the best of coeducation and single-sex education using the distinctive Parallel Learning model.

The Parallel Learning model at Clayfield College will see students experience all the advantages of a coeducational environment as they grow and develop through their early years and primary school. Then, starting in 2023, Year 7s will begin single-sex learning streams, continuing through Years 8 and 9. In Year 10 students come together for selected classes, and then benefit from fully coeducational classes in Years 11 and 12.

This transition will take place over five years. Our current Year 6 (2021) students and older will complete their education in an all-girl Senior School. These students will still receive the same quality girls-only education you have planned, and they have imagined. If your child is in Year 7 or younger in 2023, they will enjoy the best of both worlds and benefit from the Parallel Learning model.

There is much work to do before we commence Parallel Learning for Year 7 boys and girls in 2023, and we expect there will be many questions along the way. We will answer all of your questions. We will eagerly listen to any concerns and ideas that you may have. This Frequently Asked Questions page will be regularly updated as more details are settled.

For further information please contact our Enrolments team via the enquiry form below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Why has Clayfield College decided to become a coeducational college?

There are three main reasons the College and PMSA have come to this decision: ongoing requests from parents, delivering more value to prospective parents, and delivering better outcomes for students and their parents.

  1. For some years and across multiple surveys and feedback forums, parents have asked the College to become fully coeducational because it would better suit their family. They love Clayfield, their sons love Clayfield, and they would prefer their sons complete their secondary education at Clayfield. This feedback was tested again recently in a round of qualitative research with parents. There are some parents who would like to preserve the all-girls secondary school for their daughter and the schedule of change honours the wishes and intent of those parents.
  2. Parents have not been enrolling at the same rate as a decade ago. From the school’s research, it has become clear that prospective parents do not value our mix of educational formats — coeducational through to Year 6, then changing to girls-only in Senior school — as they once did.
  3. We don’t believe parents should have to risk selecting a school model that doesn’t fit their child. Clayfield’s new Parallel Learning model combines the benefits of gender-specific teaching when it matters most, with the many social benefits of a coeducational campus.

What is Parallel Learning and why is it important?

The Parallel Education model retains our existing coeducation from Pre-Prep to Year 6. Boys and girls then begin single-sex learning streams from Year 7 through to Year 9. In Year 10 students come together for selected classes, and then benefit from fully coeducational classes in Years 11 and 12. This is important because learning and social differences are most pronounced during the developmental phases students usually encounter during Years 7 to 10.


How will this change impact my child’s school journey?

We passionately believe that our students are at the centre of what we are creating at Clayfield College, and it will be unlike any other school in Brisbane. We have chosen the Parallel Learning model because it gives students the best of coeducation and single-sex learning when it matters most.

However, progress on this scale is not achieved overnight, or even over a year. If your daughter is in Year 7 or older in 2022, she will still receive the same quality girls-only education you have planned, and she has imagined.

If your child is in Year 7 or younger in 2023, they will enjoy gender-specific learning streams in Years 7 to 9. In Year 10 students come together for selected classes, and then benefit from fully coeducational classes in Years 11 and 12.

When will coeducation classes begin?

  • Year 7 - 2023
  • Year 8 - 2024
  • Year 9 - 2025
  • Year 10 - 2026
  • Years 11 and 12 - 2027

Will the school fees change?

No, there will be no additional school fees to support the transition to coeducation or to support the introduction of Clayfield’s Parallel Learning model. The College will continue the normal process of assessing appropriate tuition and boarding fees each year and advising parents in Term 4. Additional infrastructure that may be required will be funded through investment already committed by PMSA.

What will the uniform be?

We will be designing uniforms for secondary school boys in 2022.

Does the school have the infrastructure needed to support coeducation?

Yes. The College is fortunate to have both the buildings and the space to accommodate the transition to fully coeducational learning. Of course, there will be some upgrades and additions required, but they are more than adequately covered by our future planning. Students will also benefit from a fresh round of infrastructure investment planned by the College. Before commencement of the next school year, a significant schedule of works will take place; Science Laboratories will be completely renewed, the PE and Gymnasium Complex will be upgraded, improvements will be made to the boarding house and school grounds and, pending Council approval, a new drop-off and pick-up zone is planned for construction off Bayview Terrace. The PMSA Board is actively working with the College to define, prioritise and plan infrastructure requirements for the coming years that will lock in Clayfield College as a school of choice for parents.

Will Clayfield College offer coeducational boarding?

Yes. The College is fortunate that the Carolyn Hauff Boarding House has ample capacity and, as a former hospital, its design easily adapts to create separate boarding facilities for boys and girls while benefiting from shared services such as catering.

How can my son apply to join Clayfield College?

Simply call or email the enrolments team on 07 3262 0220 or enrol@clayfield.qld.edu.au.

My son is enrolled to go to another school after Year 6 at Clayfield. Can he now stay at Clayfield?

Certainly. If your son will be in Year 7 or younger in 2023, please contact our Enrolments team on 07 3262 0220 or enrol@clayfield.qld.edu.au.