Cavendish Road State High School

Three reasons to choose us

  1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​University subjects taught in school
  2. Programs for gifted students, including science, mathematics, music extension, English extension and philosophy
  3. Academies for Football Excellence, with partners in Australia’s A-League.​

Principal's welcome

​​​Welcome to one of the most innovative schools in Queensland! Cavendish Road State High School has a proud tradition of being 1 of the first public high schools established in Brisbane with many past students moving into prominent positions globally after graduating.

Cavendish Road State High School is recognised as a school of Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Philosophy with students studying advanced courses at Griffith University and the University of Queensland which lead to direct entry.

We are Australia’s leading schools in football, with strong relationships with Queensland Roar (Australian A-League team).

Our jazz and instrumental music programs offer students opportunities in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion and voice.

Most importantly, we are a school that values personal excellence, innovation and inclusivity. We are confident that you will find our school an exciting place to study while in Australia.

School overview

Number of students

Year school established

School website

Cavendish Road State High School is one of Brisbane's oldest public high schools and we are recognised for high-quality education.

We offer you a wide range of subjects, including university-level academic programs and sporting excellence programs that are only available at a small number of schools.

While here, you can study advanced courses at university that will allow you to directly enter university after school.

Our school is close to major shopping centres and public transport to Brisbane's central business district.

You can attend extra classes after school if you need help, or if you wish to improve your understanding.

Our vision is to achieve and celebrate individual excellence and success for every student.

EQI programs offered

High School
High School Study Abroad

Special programs

  • Academies of Excellence in academic, culture and sport
  • Ideas (philosophy)
  • Accelerated mathematics
  • Instrumental music (jazz)
  • Football (soccer)
  • Netball
  • Touch football
  • Music extension program
  • Diploma of Business
  • Certificate III in Fitness and Business

Extracurricular activities

  • Kokoda challenge
  • Opti–MINDS
  • Variety of musical ensembles including drumline
  • Ski trip
  • Various international curriculum-based school trips
  • World challenge
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Creative generation
  • Variety of philanthropic events supporting social or charitable causes

School facilities

  • Bioscience facility
  • Performing arts centre
  • Indoor sports centre
  • Specialist music rooms
  • Fully equipped gymnasium
  • Designated international student precinct
  • iCentre (library)
  • Sports centre

Tertiary pathways

  • Specialised academic pathways to university, delivered at school
  • The University of Queensland (UQ) credit recognition program in mathematics
  • Griffith University (GU) credit recognition program in mathematics
  • Study at university programs offered by local universities


  • German
  • Japanese
  • Chinese—Years 11 and 12 only through distance education​

Homestay and accommodation

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment.

Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities.

Read more about homestay and accommodation options.

Holiday adventure programs

Holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified teachers and staff to ensure student safety.

Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.

Contact details


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

Last updated 13 June 2023