Our students are known

Our teaching staff meet students at regular intervals each and every day, this means they can monitor relationships and interactions and offer support when needed.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of a smaller school is the way that staff can track students academically.  Handovers from year to year are more efficient and teachers know which students can be afforded further challenges or support.  Research from the USA indicates that students in smaller schools benefit from greater expectations: teachers expect more because they know and see more!

A smaller school allows for greater flexibility

A small school population means that there is greater flexibility in the programs offered to students.  The greater the number of students in a school usually equates to a greater need for conformity – the only way to track progress is to have students doing similar things!  At Toowoomba Anglican School, flexible pathways are created for individual students allowing them to spend time on an independent project, or university subject.

We support elite athletes and musicians by accommodating heavy practice loads, and can source individual academic opportunities for students.

We offer personalised pathways

At Toowoomba Anglican School students have the opportunity to be involved in a range of curricular and co-curricular activities.  Rather than being allocated to a corner of the world – be it sport, performance or technology – students can be involved in all aspects of the offerings of a school.

A small school, where the school is involved in a number of community activities and events, also means students have more chance of representing the school in a public forum. 

Research from the USA found that students at smaller schools have an increased engagement in the life of the school, largely due to the fact that they can become involved and feel connected.

We challenge our students

A smaller school can lead to more challenge and it certainly leads to more sensible challenges.  If, by challenge, we mean to help students move beyond a comfort zone to help them grow, then the best way to be pushed is that people know you well and know how best to challenge you!

A key feature of Toowoomba Anglican School is the very wide range of opportunities. There are up to 20 sports and over 300 fixtures on offer for students of all abilities, as well as specialist programs and coaching for elite athletes.  At Toowoomba Anglican School, the value of engaging in active pursuits is clearly reflected. Opportunities abound and are part of our regular weekly lives. We offer a comprehensive sports program where students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities. This program is designed to foster and develop positive lifelong habits.

We are interested in the education of the whole child, so that our students become thoughtful, confident, articulate, creative and caring individuals. Fostering a passion in art, music, dance and drama helps students develop attributes needed to succeed in all walks of life.

The outdoor education program at Toowoomba Anglican School provides students with challenges which are different to those provided in the classroom. Each year these experiences differ - some in a rural environment and others in an urban setting.

Horizontal and vertical friendships

Smaller schools enhance the relationships around each student, be it with peers, staff or members of the community.  When a small school utilises vertical structures, where students from multiple age groups spend time together, students can benefit from observing the academic challenges or receiving guidance on the social challenges that can often be faced.  

Education consultant Dan Haesler once asked why school was the only place or time in our lives where we are expected to do everything with people exactly the same age.  Instead, interactions across age groups can help students grow.

A small school creates an environment where young people can thrive, not just survive.  Students are known, which provides a necessary wellbeing ‘safety net’ but also the opportunity to challenge students and to tailor educational pathways which help set young people on a positive path for life.