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AQ School is coming to the Sunshine Coast

Not even grey skies could stop us from celebrating the 'sod turn' with our project partners, the Griffith Group and Armada Built Pty Ltd.

(L-R) AQ CEO Pam Macrossan, Luke Tulenew (Development Manager, Griffith Group), Sam Barr (Director, Griffith Group), AQ Chair Neil Makepeace, AQ Property Manager Katy Jacobs, Ben Cummins (Director, Armada Built) and Alex Hall (Construction Manager, Armada Built).  

To be known as the AQ School Brightwater, the school has been designed to cater enrolments of up to 72 students when at capacity, with options for both full and part-time (shared enrolment with students’ local primary or high school) attendance.

It will showcase innovative and inclusive features aimed to support increased our student’s access to, and engagement with, learning.

The design brings together current research, autistic student voice, current practice and industry knowledge to ensure a truly accessible school environment. It has been informed by expertise drawn from the AQ Community Inclusion, School Leadership & Property teams, as well as AQ School students, architects and playground consultants.

When it opens, the Brightwater Campus will be AQ School’s fourth campus, joining Sunnybank Hills, Brighton and Cairns.

Interested in having your child attend?

We are taking expressions of interest for 2025 enrolments at the new campus (subject to accreditation approval).
For initial enquiries, please click on the button below to fill out our easy online enquiry form.


About AQ School

AQ School provides a flexible and personalised educational program for autistic students. We are committed to nurturing students to be happy, healthy, successful and productive by providing small class learning opportunities, specialist interdisciplinary support, personalised learning goals and access to a functional and sequential curriculum.

This is supported by:

  • Small classes.
  • Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) to support access to and engagement with learning.
  • Personalised curriculum decision making to support students to access the Australian Curriculum Learning Areas.
  • Consultation and collaboration with students, families, the AQ interdisciplinary team, and other stakeholders including the student’s shared enrolled school team.
  • An interdisciplinary team of teachers, teacher aides, therapists, wellbeing and behaviour support facilitators provide universal, targeted and specialist support.
  • AQ School Universal Supports applied within the classroom and playground areas.
  • Explicit teaching to support wellbeing, relationships, and regulation needs.
  • Clear, positive, and structured learning environments.

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Interested in joining the school staff? Watch our Careers page for updates.

Media enquiries:  Adrienne Costin, 0448 139137; [email protected]

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