Does it cost to attend The BUSY School?

No, there are no fees involved. As well, The BUSY School provide all text books and stationery – plus 3 x uniform shirts for each student. All campuses supply nutritious food for students to make their own morning tea and lunch.

Does The BUSY School only enrol Year 11 and 12 students?

Yes, all BUSY School campuses are for Year 11 and 12 students only. Students must have completed Year 10 or equivalent at the time of their application.

Who can apply?

All applicants must be between 16 and 19 years of age at time of application and have completed Year 10 or equivalent. Each application is assessed on merit and will be complemented by a face to face interview with the Principal.

What kind of students do you enrol?

The BUSY School caters for students who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from their current schooling. This could be due to a variety of reasons including not fitting in or being bullied, experiencing anxiety or depression, not thriving in their current school, regular absences from their current school, etc.

What do we expect from our students?

Students at The BUSY School are expected to maintain regular attendance. Mobile phones must be switched off during class time. We have zero tolerance to student use, possession, sale and distribution of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, and related instruments. The BUSY School also has zero tolerance to behaviours that violate the rights of others or put others or yourself at risk of harm.

If the student is already doing a TAFE course, work placement / experience or a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship can they continue once they commence at our school?

Yes they can. We aim to progress 100% of our graduating students into employment or further education and training. If you are already on that path then we want to help you continue with it.

Are laptops needed?

Students are provided with laptops to use in class.

Who can refer a student to The BUSY School?

Students can be referred to The BUSY School by their parents/carers, by their current school, by referring agencies or they can refer themselves.

How do you apply for enrolment?

You can apply online through our online application form or you can download an enrolment form. You will need supporting information for the enrolment application. If you require assistance on enrolling please call us on 1300 176 472 or email

Do students complete their Queensland Certificiate of Education (QCE)?

The goal at The BUSY School is for all students to complete their QCE and/or go onto further vocational education or onto university education. While completing their schooling, students will explore career pathways through work experience and may have the opportunity to start a school based apprenticeship or traineeship of their choice, in readiness for when leaving school and entering the workforce.

Where are The BUSY School campuses located?

We currently have eight BUSY School campuses throughout Queensland: These are located at Cairns, Brisbane City, Cleveland, Ipswich, Shailer Park, Salisbury, Southport, and Coolangatta. There are plans to open further schools in Queensland – so watch this space!

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