REVEALED: CQ schools among state’s worst for suspensions
TWO Central Queensland State high schools have ranked among ten of the state's worst for student suspension over the past five years.
New data released on Tuesday revealed both Yeppoon and Rockhampton State High had claimed the undesirable titles - ranked fifth and tenth places respectively.
The Capricorn Coast Institution reported some of the highest rates of suspension across the board at 3129 incidents - or almost 626 students annually.
However, it was a drastic decline in incidents reported at the Coast's second-worst school for suspensions, Taranganba State School.
Keppel Sands State School fared exceptionally well comparatively, recording just one suspension over the last five years.
Unfortunately, it appears multiple Rockhampton high schools historically plagued by bullying have had those issues reflected in the data.
Rockhampton State High - which was last week allegedly set alight by two men - totalled a sizeable 2751 suspensions over the past half-decade.
However, parents of North Rockhampton State High students might take comfort in the fact the institution reported almost 390 less suspensions than the latter.
It comes after the school became subject of repeated bullying claims this year, one which forced teachers to lock a student inside a shed for her own protection.
Glenmore State High rounded out Rockhampton's top three worst schools at 1189 suspensions.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said Queensland state schools had high expectations for positive and respectful behaviour from all students and adults.
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He said this was reflected by the total seven per cent of students suspended or expelled over the years.
"This demonstrates that strategies and boundaries put in place by our principals and teachers are effective," he said.
The spokesman added year-to-year fluctuations in school disciplinary figures were expected.
He noted this was due to changes in school management, the implementation of alternative behaviour strategies, changes in behaviour expectations, fluctuations in enrolments and changing student behaviour.