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Why choose our school?

Principal's welcome

Here @ISH we pride ourselves on being able to deliver a high quality education across academic, vocational, cultural and sporting domains.  We focus on our students’ personal strengths and using our Five Minds approach enable them to excel in their chosen domain by focussing on the development of these strengths and their application in real-life.  Our students are prepared for a life after school through an individualised approach to their learning, including a major focus on their social and emotional well-being.

Simon Riley - Principal 


Our edge

@ ISH, our innovative approach to teaching and learning sets us apart from other local high schools. We offer unique programs, facilities and industry partnerships that prepare our young people for the world of work – focusing on their future, right here and right now.

Did you know:

The Ipswich State High School is one of the largest school-based Registered Training Organisations in Queensland, offering over 26 nationally recognised certificate courses

We are the only school in Australia to provide a retail Hair and Beauty service to members of the public from its own salon in the local CBD and at the school site

Ipswich State High School is the home of the $5 million Ipswich Regional Trade Training Centre
We are the only school in the Metropolitan Region offering a Cert I and Cert II qualification in Dance
Ipswich High has a dedicated Student Welfare Faculty that aims to develop a safe, supportive and inclusive school environment through the provision of support services such as Young Families Connect, Peer Mentoring and Success Coach Programs
The school offers five High Performance Academies, providing elite training and coaching programs in:
  • Rugby League
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Dance

Our school is proud to announce we are an eSmart school.
Since we first registered with the program, we have introduced many new policies and activities to improve the way our school manages cybersafety, bullying and cyberbullying.
We feel confident our students, staff and the wider school community are now well supported to be smart, safe and responsible users of digital technology. 
We encourage everyone in the school community to continue to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours, at school and at home.