Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)


Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) is a Brisbane boys’ day and boarding school with 1800 boys aged 4-17, located in East Brisbane.  The school has a strong commitment to research informed practice in developing innovative learning environments and supporting teachers to embrace the use of technology and space in their practice. The school and has been involved in research partnerships with LEaRN over many years and is also partnering with University of Queensland and  Swinburne University on a range of research projects.

The Churchie Research Centre, which is located in The Centenary Library, seeks to enhance student learning by supporting the continual professional learning and development for our teachers. The centre focuses on the translation of current theory to evidence-based practice through sustained professional learning.

The project works closely with staff at Churchie:

  • Dr Terry Byers, Director of the Centenary Library is also part time research fellow on the ILETC project,
  • Vicky Leighton, Head of Art, is also a PhD candidate with the ILETC project.


Selected Publications

  • The Finished Beginning overview (2018)
    • A longitudinal New Generation Learning Spaces (NGLS) project, in partnership with the University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN), presents one of the first longitudinal empirical studies that evaluates the impact of secondary school learning spaces on teaching and learning. It addresses significant gaps in the literature around an approach and a suite of tools able to measure the pedagogical impact of different learning environments.
  • Byers, T., & Imms, W. (2016). Does the space make a difference? Anglican Church Grammar School, The University of Melbourne LEaRN group.
  • Byers, T., Imms, W., & Rothwell-Meehan, L. (2015). Building for creativity and innovation in a digital world. Architecture Australia. Jan/Feb.