Schools and students: 2015 statistical bulletin

This bulletin was originally published 12 October 2016.

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NSW government

NSW government schools
Primary schools 1,589
Separate infants schools 17
Central/community schools 66
Secondary schools 401
Schools for Specific Purposes (SSP) 113
Environmental Education Centres (EEC) 23
Total government schools 2,209
Preschools attached to primary/infants schools 99
Separate preschools 1
Total preschools 100
Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 465,767.0
Secondary enrolments 300,871.1
SSP enrolments 5,340.0
Total enrolments 771,978.1
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Total Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander enrolments 54,150.4
Percentage of total Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander enrolments 7.0%
Part-time students
Number of part-time students 2,220
FTE enrolments 1,404.1
Preschool students
Number of preschool students 4,278
FTE enrolments 2,306.6
Students from language background other than English (LBOTE)
LBOTE enrolments in government schools 251,336
LBOTE enrolments as percentage of total enrolments 32.3%
Attendance rate (Semester 1)
Primary (Years 1-6) 93.9
Secondary (Years 7-10) 89.8
Years 1-10 (including support) 92.4
Average primary class size
Kindergarten to Year 6 24.1
HSC Year 12 student completions
HSC award 45,000

NSW non-government

NSW non-government schools
Primary schools 494
Secondary schools 143
Primary/secondary schools 239
Special schools 52
Total non-government schools 928
Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 202,917.8
Secondary enrolments 206,709.4
Total enrolments 409,627.2

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