Schools and students: 2017 statistical bulletin

This bulletin was originally published 14 August 2018.

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NSW government

NSW government schools
Primary and infants schools 1,606
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 484,645.0
Secondary enrolments 300,832.8
SSP enrolments 5,562.0
Total enrolments 791,039.8
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments 59,214.2
Percentage of total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments 7.5%
Part-time students
Number of part-time students 1,930.0
FTE enrolments 1,206.8
Preschool students
Number of preschool students 4,442
FTE enrolments 2,133.4
Students from language background other than English (LBOTE)
LBOTE enrolments in government schools 272,401
LBOTE enrolments as percent of total enrolments 34.2%
Attendance rate (Semester 1)
Primary (Years 1-6) 93.8%
Secondary (Years 7-10) 89.6%
Years 1-10 (including support) 92.4%
Average primary class size
Kindergarten to Year 6 24.1
HSC Year 12 student completions
HSC award 38,774

NSW non-government

NSW non-government schools
Primary schools 495
Secondary schools 141
Primary/secondary schools 243
Special schools 57
Total non-government schools 936
Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 206,833.3
Secondary enrolments 210,597.0
Total enrolments 417,430.3

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