The Best Primary Schools in Brisbane

  • Preschoolers

When our little kids go off to big school, they are entering a phase of their life that sees their little personalities being moulded to form who they become. These formative years play a big part in their future, so it’s important to know a little more about the schools in which those years are spent. 

If you're looking for the best primary schools in Brisbane, we've got six top performers to add to your list.

Here are the top three private and the top three public primary schools in Brisbane. 

1. Clayfield College, Clayfield, Private

Best Primary Schools in Brisbane - Clayfield College
Clayfield College is one of the best primary schools in Brisbane.

Clayfield College goes to great lengths to ensure a smooth transition for your little ones, offering many programs for students and parents alike, before the child goes to prep. Once the preppies make it to school, the college offers a student-centred education, rather than a subject centred education. This enables all children with different learning styles to reach their full potential.

The school motto is Let Your Light Shine, and this is evident in the broad range of co-curricular activities. Music, sport, arts and drama are just a few of the activities on offer to allow children to find where their talents lie. A great school to prepare young minds for the future.

2. Somerville House, South Brisbane, Private

Somerville House is a Christian girl’s school steeped in respect, integrity and inclusivity. The campus is split into three sub-schools, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Academically, the school is regarded as one of the best in the country, boasting exceptional facilities for music, the arts, technology and sports. 

Somerville House seamlessly weaves together traditional values with a progressive attitude to give students the best start to life. 

Somerville House provides a nurturing environment that fosters and encourages imagination. 

3. The Lakes College, North Lakes, Private

Best Primary Schools in Brisbane - The Lakes College
The Lakes College is another one of the best primary schools in Brisbane.

The Lakes College is a co-ed campus from Prep to Year 12. The primary school understands the importance of foundational education for their students and take great pride in offering a nurturing environment to help students thrive. The school believes that a child reaches their full potential by being happy, and work to a Three B’s program (Be Safe, Be respectful, be a Learner) to cultivate that environment. 

The Lakes College takes a different approach in Years 4, 5 and 6, with subject-specific teaching. This helps them transition to secondary school while still maintaining a high level of support. 

A great option for northside residents. 

4. Rainworth State School, Rainworth, Public

Rainworth State School is as pretty and magical as it sounds and one of the best primary schools in Brisbane. They boast an incredible adventure playground and highly encourage outdoor play as part of their student’s development. Whether that be through play or sport, the outdoor facilities provide a stimulating backdrop for students to enjoy.

The school takes a holistic approach ensuring children are thriving emotionally, intellectually, socially and physically. 

5. MacGregor State School, MacGregor, Public

MacGregor State School understands the importance of technology integration into the education of today's generation of students. As such, they have implemented seven wireless laptop classes that operate on a 1:1 ratio, meaning each student has their own laptop.

This broadens the scope of learning to include access to more resources, interaction with the wider community, multisensory stimulation and many more benefits. 

The school offers excellent programs in the fields of performing arts and sports and places a high level of expectation for academic excellence and achievement.

A great option for the south side and one of the best primary schools in Brisbane. 

6. Ashgrove State School, Ashgrove, Public

Best Primary Schools in Brisbane - Ashgrove State School
Ashgrove State School is continually ranked one of the best primary schools in Brisbane.

Ashgrove State School offers facilities you would expect at a private school, minus the larger fees. A 25-metre pool, air-conditioned classrooms and integrated technology with iPads, to name but a few. 

Ashgrove set the expectation of their students to a higher standard than the state or national expectations. The school believes those expectations can be met through the quality of education, guidance and support of their staff, coupled with the facilities available to students. A quick glance at NAPLAN results shows that Ashgrove State School excels on a national level with very impressive scores.

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