Catholic education in NSW

Catholic education in NSW

Catholic schools educate one in five NSW school students. They are safe, supportive learning communities where the unique dignity of each child is respected, nurtured and valued. Catholic schools have served NSW communities since 1820.

Catholic education employs some 27,000 teachers and other staff.

Why choose a Catholic school?

Each Catholic school provides a stimulating and challenging curriculum that links faith and culture. Our dedicated teachers embrace the privilege and challenge of teaching in Catholic schools. They support each student to achieve to the best of their ability.

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591 catholic Schools in NSW


1 in 5 NSW students are educated at a Catholic school


Over 160,000 families in our Catholic school community


Catholic schools are open to all families who commit to supporting the philosophy, values and aims of Catholic education. Every Catholic school strives to be a spiritual, respectful and sharing place where education is an active partnership between parents, the school and the community. Catholic schools recognise that parents are a child’s first teachers.

Catholic education in NSW

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

Making a difference

Above all, Catholic schools aim to make a difference in our world. They foster the self-esteem and integrity of each student – inspiring hope and a positive vision. They seek to contribute to an Australian community that is highly educated, skilled and respectful of diversity, while promoting and embracing a critical analysis of social issues, the expansion of knowledge and the pursuit of truth.

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