Government schools

More than 7,000 government schools have been opened and closed over the last 160 years of NSW education.

Whilst only 2,209 NSW government schools were operating in 2015, the many thousands of schools which have operated since 1848 form a significant part of the history of education in NSW.

This section gives a detailed history of public education in NSW and includes information on the:


  • Historical
  • School operations

Business Unit:

  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
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