@Chocolate Orange: As others have said, most schools in the western corridor are all good quality. Bardon and Indooroopilly High are fine but so too is The Gap State High School. As an Oz-in-Oz I'm not sure about the UK system but here the state schools are free and private can cost around $15,000 per student per year. If you can use state schools for free, then what you save on school fees you can put towards accommodation/rental since the good schools usually have higher rental areas. It also depends on how long you are staying. If you're only here for a few years, then a school that is flexible enough for the child is important. If you are here for the long haul, then options around instrumental music, sport, and creativity are all worth exploring to suit each child. Good luck!
Hi guys, I found this thread when I was googling - so I'm not really a "PomsInOz" but actually an Oz in Oz and thought I would share some local knowledge. We have sent our 4 kids through Ironside (one still there) and it has great results over the long haul and a nice multi-cultural feel/tolerance and a high representation of university educated parents (including temporary families attending the University of Queensland). However, this is not much different to a lot of the Western suburbs primary schools. It is probably not replying to your enquiry because their good results have put them on the radar and they are getting swamped and are currently 15% over capacity. If you are only in for a short time, Indooroorpilly SS would be as good and may offer cheaper local rental. We have sent our 2 boys through Indooroopilly High School and we have found it to be a school for young adults ie students who are prepared to accept that their choices affect their lives. That matches our family values and is all good. If you want a school that provides more coaching or control, then the state schools (Kenmore, Corinda) are fine and St Peters is close also. I hope this helps. regards, BrisMum