Enrolments in NSW government schools have grown for the 10th year in a row.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ report Schools Australia 2018 shows enrolments in NSW government schools rose by nearly 7,000 full-time students to 796,769 students, an increase of 0.9% from 2017.
Enrolments of primary students rose by 1.3%, Years 7 to 10 rose by 1.4%, and Aboriginal enrolments rose 4.6%. Year 11 and 12 enrolments fell 3.1%, continuing a downward trend since 2014.
The NSW government schools share of all school enrolments rose from 65.4% in 2017 to 65.5% in 2018.
The report’s statistics also show:
- in August 2018 there were 2,149 government schools in NSW, made up of 1,605 primary schools, 369 secondary schools, 65 Central schools and 110 Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs)
- the NSW government school primary student enrolment share rose for the fifth year in a row, by 0.1 percentage points to 70.3%
- despite increasing enrolments, the secondary student share fell by 0.1 percentage point to 58.9%
- the full-time apparent retention rate (ARR) for all students in NSW government schools decreased – by 1.2 percentage points to 74.4% for Year 7 to 12 and by 1.6 percentage points to 71.4% for Year 10 to 12, although the latter figure is still 3.8 percentage points higher than in 2008 before the new school leaving age
- the growth in Aboriginal student enrolments across the year groups K–2, 3–6, 7–10 and 11-12 is consistent with growth over the past 10 years.