Ipswich Grammar School headmaster and CEO Richard Morrison.
Ipswich Grammar School headmaster and CEO Richard Morrison. Cordell Richardson

REVEALED: Which Ipswich schools are costing parents the most

THE Ipswich schools charging parents the most in fees, charges and contributions has been revealed.

The region's most expensive school was Ipswich Grammar School, where the average amount parents had to fork out according to figures available from 2017 was $10,981.

Ipswich Girls' Grammar School had the second highest average parental contributions with $10,434.

The school with the third highest parental contributions was West Moreton Anglican College, where the average contribution was $9205.

Data was gathered from an independent analysis of school financial records from the MySchool website.

The cost of the priciest school in Ipswich is clearly not a deterrent for parents as the school will welcome 1000 students for the first time in "many years" in 2020.

IGS is back on track after operating at a loss for nine years prior to recording an operating surplus of $79,000 in 2017 and then $196,000 last year.

Headmaster and CEO Richard Morrison said the school was in its fourth year of consecutive enrolment growth.

"Parents pay a little bit more for their boys to be here but in return what we always try to do is be the best that we can possibly be," he said.

"What the enrolment numbers show is that people are buying into that challenge. They can see that this is a place that is on an improvement journey.

"It's not about being great and being elite and 'aren't we wonderful'. It's quite the opposite. The school on the hill has become the school which is part of Ipswich and part of the broader Ipswich community. We don't stand aloof and remote from the community... we involve ourselves significantly."

Mr Morrison said the majority parents' contribution goes towards staff.

His remuneration package was worth $493,000 in 2018.

"Our major investment is in the teachers," he said.

"High quality teachers who are well resourced produce great outcomes for our boys. And that's what our pattern has been, some fantastic outcomes with OP and outcomes with NAPLAN."

"The bottom line for us is that we have a great product, it's unique and it's special and it works and I guess the indicator of what works in the minds of mums and dads often simply is enrolment."

The school had 37.88 per cent of its OP eligible students score a rank between 1-5 last year and it was in the top 25 for NAPLAN results.


Region's schools that cost parents the most

  • Ipswich Grammar School: $10,981
  • Ipswich Girls' Grammar School: $10,434
  • West Moreton Anglican College: $9205
  • The Springfield Anglican College: $7358
  • St Peters Lutheran College Springfield: $7051
  • St Edmund's College: $6283
  • Westside Christian College: $5967
  • St Mary's College: $5683
  • Faith Lutheran College Plainland: $5434
  • St Peter Claver College: $4424

Region's richest schools

  • West Moreton Anglican College: $77.9 million
  • Bremer State High School: $68.1 million
  • Redbank Plains State High School: $66.3 million
  • Woodcrest State College: $65.4 million
  • Ipswich State High School: $60.8 million
  • St Augustine's College: $59.8 million
  • Ipswich Grammar School: $58.2 million
  • St Edmund's College: $58 million
  • Ipswich Girls' Grammar School: $56.6 million
  • St Peter Claver College: $52.4 million

Region's poorest schools

  • Maroon State School: $1.1 million
  • Warrill View State School: $1.6 million
  • Mutdapilly State School: $1.7 million
  • Mount Sylvia State School: $1.8 million
  • Thornton State School: $1.8 million
  • Linville State School: $1.8 million
  • Benarkin State School: $1.9 million
  • Grandchester State School: $1.9 million
  • Patrick Estate State School: $1.9 million
  • Haigslea State School: $2.1 million