Schools and students: 2016 statistical bulletin

This bulletin was originally published 20 July 2017.

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NSW government

NSW government schools
Primary and infants schools 1,608
Central/community schools 66
Secondary schools 401
Schools for Specific Purposes (SSP) 112
Environmental Education Centres (EEC) 23
Total government schools 2,210
Preschools attached to primary/infants schools 99
Separate preschools 1
Total preschools 100
Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 475,073.0
Secondary enrolments 300,069.9
SSP enrolments 5,457.0
Total enrolments 780,599.9
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments 56,580.5
Percentage of total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments 7.2%
Part-time students
Number of part-time students 2,173.0
FTE enrolments 1,342.9
Preschool students
Number of preschool students 4,446
FTE enrolments 2,395.7
Students from language background other than English (LBOTE)
LBOTE enrolments in government schools 260,599
LBOTE enrolments as percentage of total enrolments 33.1%
Attendance rate (Semester 1)
Primary (Years 1-6) 93.8%
Secondary (Years 7-10) 89.7%
Years 1-10 (Including Support) 92.4%
Average primary class size
Kindergarten to Year 6 24.1
HSC Year 12 student completions
HSC award 38,589

NSW non-government

NSW non-government schools
Primary schools 494
Secondary schools 142
Primary/secondary schools 239
Special schools 54
Total non-government schools 929
Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 204,513.5
Secondary enrolments 209,074.2
Total enrolments 413,587.7

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