Unrivalled access to education facilities at Ecco Ripley

Date: 25 October 2021

Living at Ecco Ripley means having access to a range of world-class education facilities, including childcare, primary and secondary schooling, and universities just a stone’s throw away. With several new education developments in the pipeline for the next five years, those living in the community will continue to reap the benefits of the expanding infrastructure now and into the future.

Facilities at your fingertips

Ripley Valley State Primary School and Ripley Valley State Secondary College are both located on Ecco Ripley’s doorstep in South Ripley and within the catchment area of the community, forming part of a $120 million purpose-built education facility for the local community.

Ripley Valley State Primary School is made up of approximately 550 students from Prep to Year 6 and is a diverse cohort of students from different backgrounds and cultures. The campus shares its site with the Ripley Valley State Secondary College which opened in January 2020 with approximately 130 Year 7 and 8 students and will grow each year until its first Year 12 cohort graduate in 2024.

The schools are co-located within the Ripley Valley Priority Development Area which is preparing for significant growth over the next 20 years. The education facility will grow with the families of the local community as the school reaches its capacity of 1,900 students.

Within the broader Ipswich region, there are also a number of well-established private schools, including Ipswich Grammar and Ipswich Girls’ Grammar Schools, St Peters Lutheran College, West Moreton Anglican College, St Mary’s College and St Edmund’s College.

For the young ones, C&K Ripley Childcare Centre is conveniently located just north of Ecco Ripley on the corner of Fisher and Nevis Road, providing nursery, toddler and pre-prep facilities. The Centre has a combination of age-based rooms and welcoming spaces that allow for play between a variety of age groups.

For school leavers, the University of Southern Queensland’s Springfield and Ipswich campuses provide a range of study options and facilities for both under-graduate and post-graduate students. In the wider region, the University of Queensland Ipswich campus and Ipswich TAFE are located within a 10-kilometre radius of Ecco Ripley, and offer a range of courses and certificates for budding students.

Future of learning

To cater for the growing Ripley population, a number of new developments are in the works, including a second primary school for the Ripley area, set to open in 2023.

The five-hectare Central State Primary School will be located within Ripley catchment, accommodating for up to 1,200 students from Prep to Year 6 and employing up to 100 full-time staff.

Two new childcare centres have also been approved within Ecco Ripley in response to growing demand, including the two-storey Kids Early Learning Centre with a 160-children capacity, and a second centre which will have the capacity to care for more than 150 children, both located in Brooking Rise.

Slightly further afield, a new high school is set to open in Springfield in 2024 as part of Springfield City Group’s plan to double the current number of schools in the area by 2036 — creating an education powerhouse in the area.

Further education facilities will be delivered at Ripley Town Centre as part of the masterplan.

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