Brisbane will receive two new inner-city schools, and expand a third to accommodate a sharp rise in enrolment numbers, according to a $500 million plan announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in this week’s State Budget.

A new school will be built in South Brisbane in association with the University of Queensland. Though a location has yet to be chosen, it aims to take enrolment pressure off of Brisbane State High, Australia’s largest state high school.

The former Fortitude Valley State School site will be home to a new state secondary school, in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology. It is expected to start holding classes by 2020.

West End State School will also be significantly expanded. Enrolment is expected to reach 1000 before the end of 2017 and climb steadily into the 1100s in the next few years.

“The population growth that we have seen in the inner-south of Brisbane we know can sustain two high schools,” said Education Minister Kate Jones.

She said both new facilities will have capacities of 1200 to 1500 students each. They will be the first new high schools built in inner-city Brisbane since 1963.

“The majority of the children who make up for that growth are children who are living in apartments. We have got to address

this astronomical growth by providing additional schools in communities that are experiencing such rapid growth,” said Deputy Premier and member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad.

A site parallel to West End State School on Horan Street has been purchased to potentially use for new classrooms. With the expansion, the school will be able to accommodate 1500 students.

In the past decade, more than 5000 high school students have joined state schools in around the Brisbane CBD. 3000 more students are expected to move into inner-Brisbane in the next five years.

See socials from last year’s Brisbane State High School rooftop ball here.