Our Principal

Dr. Andrew Cousins commenced as the seventh Principal of Clayfield College in January 2020.

Dr. Cousins has an outstanding reputation as an education leader. Prior to his appointment at Clayfield College, he held the positions of Deputy Principal of Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Perth and Dean of Teaching and Learning and Dean of Middle Years Learning at Somerset College on the Gold Coast.

Dr. Cousins is passionate about inspiring a love of lifelong learning in young people, igniting their natural curiosity, and developing them to be bold, imaginative and reflective. ‘The education of the whole child and providing students with the opportunity to discover their talents have been of particular interest to me for a long time and formed the basis for my PhD in education,' Dr. Cousins said.

Dr. Cousins holds a Doctor of Philosophy, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Science, and a Bachelor of Music. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate of Music Australia (The Australian Music Examination Board) and served on the Board of Governors at Cromwell College at the University of Queensland.

He has published papers from his PhD in the Cambridge Journal of Education and the International Journal of Science Education.

Dr. Cousins’ strong spiritual and community values, passion for music and the sciences, together with his enthusiasm for great educational outcomes for students, align with the values and culture of Clayfield College.

It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to Clayfield College.

Principal's Welcome

Clayfield College is a vibrant Brisbane school, with a long history of providing outstanding opportunities for boys and girls to succeed in an ever-changing world. We partner with parents to inspire conscientious young adults who will make an impact through lived integrity, sustainability, inclusiveness and service. Our unique Parallel Learning model is both coeducational and single sex when it matters the most for students - offering the best of both worlds on one beautiful campus.

The College's strong educational framework is intentionally structured to maximise your child's growth at all stages of their development. From Pre-prep to Year 12, every boy and girl is known, valued and understood as an individual with unique interests, voice and potential.

At Clayfield, academic rigour works in harmony with our authentic and very intentional wellbeing program, Care@Clayfield. It is important to us that every student experiences connection and growth with extensive opportunities to shine beyond the regular curriculum. These offerings provide a place of belonging and facilitate the celebration of every student’s unique contribution to the life of the College.

The warm and friendly Clayfield College community is something which you have to experience to truly appreciate. As a father and an educator, I understand that as parents we each strive to ignite within our son or daughter a passion for lifelong learning and to leave school fulfilled, proud of their achievements and full of compassion for others. You will quickly realise that the tight-knit Clayfield family is a place which can make this happen.

At Clayfield our central purpose is to let the light shine in every student. I look forward to welcoming you to the Clayfield College family.

Dr. Andrew Cousins