Our public schools

The Department of Education offers a number of different types of public schools across NSW.

Use the school finder to find the right public school for you.

Visit enrolment to learn about how to enrol.

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Special learning needs

The department provides specialist support classes, as well as schools for specific purposes (SSPs). Discuss options with the principal of your local school if your child has special learning needs.

For more information and assistance with special learning needs, you can:

Schools for specific purposes

Schools for Specific Purposes (SSPs) are for students from preschool to Year 12 who require intensive levels of support. They provide a specialised educational setting in which learning support plans are collaboratively developed, implemented and monitored.

Classes in SSPs are similar to the range of classes in other schools. A range of support services, depending on the needs of the students, are also provided.

Hospital schools

Hospital schools are SSPs providing educational services for students who are inpatients in large NSW hospitals. They assist students by:

  • providing educational activities for short-term patients
  • developing personalised learning plans for long-term patients – in collaboration with the home school – to assist the return to school after hospitalisation.

Central and community schools

Schools for Kindergarten to Year 12 (K–12) students include central and community schools – they provide a comprehensive education that reflects the needs of their local communities.

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