Students Zachary Hampson, 5, (front left) and Bella Stevens, are all smiles with their teacher Zenna York.
Students Zachary Hampson, 5, (front left) and Bella Stevens, are all smiles with their teacher Zenna York. Sharyn Oneill

Our school one of the best in Qld

WHILE debate rages over the published state school audits, Frenchville State School principal Lisa Heaton could not be happier with her school's results.

With good reason.

The audit, which rates schools in eight areas including resources and teaching practices, has placed the Rockhampton primary school as one of the leading state schools in Queensland.

"We are all very happy with the results, I think they show how hard we have worked at delivering a high standard of education for our students," Ms Heaton said.

"And it really is a team effort; the staff and parents work closely together to achieve their goals and I think the results reflect that."

The statewide audit proved not only good news for Frenchville, but Central Queensland as a whole, with four schools making the top 18, including Gladstone Central, Longreach State School and Longreach School of Distance Education.

Ms Heaton did not wish to comment on Education Queensland's controversial decision to publish the results, but said the audits themselves were a useful tool for schools.

Berserker Street State School also received good results from the audit and their principal Rebecca Hack echoed Ms Heaton's sentiments.

"Overall, the results of the audit provide us with a good guide of where we're at."

While the results have brought added incentive for some schools, the Queensland Teachers Union has threatened to boycott the audit.

QTU president Kevin Bates said the Queensland Government breached an agreement by making the results public.

"People are feeling a sense of betrayal. They thought they had an agreement which has now been breached," he said.

You can see how school stacked up in the audit at http://education.qld.gov.au/nationalpartnerships/teach-learn-audits.html

Top marks

High Performing Schools (In Alphabetical Order):

Ascot State School

Belmont State School

Clarke Creek State School

Edgar Hills State School

Frenchville State School

Gladstone Central State School.

Longreach State School

Longreach School of Distance Education



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