Senior Secondary


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School Culture

Ingham State High School’s Responsible Behaviou​​​r Plan explicitly outlines the four school rules: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be a Learner. Timetabled Choices and HELP lessons explicitly teach skills to assist students in following the rules and observing the five core values - Organisation, Getting Along, Persistence, Confidence and Resilience

Transition from Junior School to Senior School

At Ingham State High School we aim to make the transition from the Junior School to the Senior School as seamless as possible. Throughout Year 7, 8 and 9, many transition activities under the “Beacon banner” involve the students in awareness raising programs in the senior school. These activities give students the opportunity to gain insights into life after Ingham State High School and the rigors they may need to meet some of the challenges ahead. Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend Y Lead training in preparation for Year 10, 11 and 12. The Senior School journey begins in Year 10 and finishes with the successful completion of Year 12.  

Academic & Vocational Programs

Year 10 students study a minimum of seven subjects, which includes five core subjects and two electives. Year 11 and 12 students study a minimum of six subjects with English and Mathematics as core subjects.

Students select their Year 11 & 12 subjects following a guided Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan process held during Term 3 in Year 10. Students select their study pathway based on their SET Plan and whether they require an Overall Position (OP) score for tertiary entrance or will rely upon a Rank should they wish to follow an alternative tertiary pathway.

Ingham State High School is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) thus giving students the opportunity to acquire nationally accredited vocational qualifications. Ingham High offers Certificate III and Certificate II qualifications across a range of industry/business domains. These areas are supported by a Trade Skills Centre focused on agriculture/agribusiness/laboratory skills; Business, Hospitality and IT hubs, Industrial Technology hub and Visual Arts workspace.

Students can apply for PILOT programs which include the Central Queensland University, Start Uni Now Program, theUniversity of Queensland, Enhanced Study Program, Schools of Distance Educationandexternal RTOs.

All students are expected to graduate with a QCE or QCIA and a Vocational Education and Training qualification.

Leadership Opportunities

Leadership training and opportunities are open to all students in Year 10, 11 and 12.

Year 10 students have to opportunity to apply to be Beacon Ambassadors in Year 10. Year 11 students may apply and be trained as TIP (Peer) Leaders for Year 7 students. A Leadership Camp is offered at the end of Year 11 and students then apply for Year 12 leadership positions. Positions available are School Captains and Vice-Captains, Sport Captains, Student Executive and House Captains. Students who apply for and gain Leadership positions in Year 12 receive leadership training and the Captains and Vice Captains attend Y Lead conferences .The School Leadership Team lead the School Student Council and represent the school at many functions and events.


Ingham State High is a Beacon School. The Beacon Foundation believes that every young person has the right to hope, a job, financial opportunity and the sense of personal success this provides them. Beacon works with schools, businesses and communities to help bring relevance to the curriculum, and inspire young people to think about careers and experience the workplace, long before they leave school. This program teaches real-life skills, preparing students for the workplace.

Hence, all of our students from Years 7 -12 participate in Beacon High Impact Programs. Ingham High has a strong relationship with Beacon and our community business and industry partners.

Year 10 students sign the Beacon Charter, where they commit to lifelong learning and employment before an audience of their peers, parents/caregivers and businesses/industries. Year 11 students participate in the Polish High Impact Program and Year 12 students the Perform High Impact Program which is specifically aimed at acquiring and accessing employment.

Career Opportunities

During Choices and HELP lessons, Senior School students are also exposed to many different guest speakers, career information events and workshops in our endeavor to have them well informed and ready for “life after Year 12”.

The Beacon and Agribusiness Gateway School Programs in the Senior School provide valuable preparation for “life after school” whether it be a tertiary pathway or immediate employment focus.

Ingham High has a very close working relationship with Central Queensland and James Cook Universities. Both universities visit the school regularly and work with students on their tertiary pathways and accessing university courses such as the CQU SUN Program.

The Australian Defence Forces regularly attend the school to give information sessions for students contemplating joining and/or studying with the Defence Forces and to support school events.

Students are encouraged to take up work experience and work placement opportunities. Year 10 students complete a one week block of work experience during the last week of Term 3. They complete a work readiness program prior to them going on placement.

Students in Year 11 may access the work placement program on Wednesdays – they apply to complete five (5) week blocks during Terms 1, 2 and 3.

School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are another very popular avenue for students to become “work ready” and trained. Students are expected to work on a Wednesday and employers are very supportive of this program as it is of mutual benefit for all involved.

Learning Journeys and workshops are organised and students apply to join if it is of interest. Career Expo trips and guest speakers are organised for students in Year 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

In Senior School, students have the opportunity to participate in a range of vocational, sporting and cultural activities.

The sport program combines the QSSS representational sport and our inter-school and intra-school sports program. Many sports are offered to students to learn and participate in at all levels.

Instrumental music is an integral part of the school culture. Students take advantage of the many opportunities that are offered to perform and enhance their skills. Creative Generations if offered to students to become involved on a national stage.

Public speaking opportunities are offered to those students who wish to pursue their oratorical skills. The Constitutional Convention and Mooting are popular among Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

Students from Ingham State High School are also active citizens within the wider community volunteering their time in charitable events and participating in district community events.

Students receive recognition for active citizenship, cultural, sport and academic achievement at the annual Awards Night.


If you require any further details, please contact:

Deana Blackford, Senior Secondary Coordinator​

on 4797 1333 or

Last reviewed 12 October 2021
Last updated 12 October 2021