Schools and students: 2018 statistical bulletin

This bulletin was originally published 22 October 2019.

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NSW government

NSW government schools
Primary and infants schools 1,604
Central/community schools 66
Secondary schools 401
Schools for Specific Purposes (SSP) 113
Environmental Education Centres (EEC) 23
Total government schools 2,207
Preschools attached to primary/infants schools 99
Separate preschools 1
Total preschools 100
Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 491,043.0
Secondary enrolments 301,315.2
SSP enrolments 5,664.0
Total enrolments 798,022.2
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments 61,932.5
Percentage of total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments 7.8%
Part-time students
Number of part-time students 2,008.0
FTE enrolments 1,253.2
Preschool students
Number of preschool students 4,522
FTE enrolments 2,389.7
Students from language background other than English (LBOTE)
LBOTE enrolments in government schools 282,532
LBOTE enrolments as percentage of total enrolments 35.1%
Attendance rate (Semester 1)
Primary (Years 1-6) 93.2%
Secondary (Years 7-10) 88.6%
Years 1-10 (including support) 91.6%
Average primary class size
Kindergarten to Year 6 24.1
HSC Year 12 student completions
HSC award 38,100

NSW non-government

NSW non-government schools
Primary schools 502
Secondary schools 144
Primary/secondary schools 245
Special schools 61
Total non-government schools 952
Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrolments
Primary enrolments 208,517.2
Secondary enrolments 212,152.5
Total enrolments 420,669.7

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