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Choosing a Blue Mountains School

Whether you are new to the Blue Mountains and considering where you may like to live or looking to choose between a private or public school, it can feel a little overwhelming knowing where to start when choosing a Blue Mountains school for your child. Booking a school tour and asking advice from friends or mum’s groups can be helpful in getting a feel for each school.

However, if you need more concrete data to give you definitive information on what Blue Mountains schools are all about, you should look at a school’s Annual Report. We have collated the Annual Reports for every Blue Mountains school in the Region and posted it here for you. We hope that this resource is a convenient, useful and informative part of your decision making process.

First, know which Blue Mountains school is in your catchment area

If you choose to send your child to a public school, you will most likely need to attend the one in your catchment area. Click on this catchment area link and type in your address to find out which Blue Mountains public school you are in area for.

What is an Annual Report?

Annual Reports are a mandatory report produced by schools every year to inform their community of their ongoing progress towards the strategic directions identified in their school plan. This includes the results of the school’s self-assessment using the Department of Education’s School Excellence Framework Self-assessment Survey. Annual Reports are an excellent resource to gain insight into a school’s achievements, strategic directions, policies, progress towards improvement measures, funding, student demographics, NAPLAN results and levels of community satisfaction. 

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What to look for in an Annual Report?

The information you may find most helpful in an Annual Report include:

  • Student attendance profile – a consistent high percentage of student attendance often indicates a happy and productive learning community.
  • NAPLAN performance – Is the school performing at or above state standard? Which bands are students placed in? Looking at the ‘school average’ in graphs is important to determine whether a particular cohort happened to get lower than average results that year (results might not always be low, but just a particlar cohort may have had lower than average results). You can access any school’s NAPLAN results from the My Schools website. Please remember that NAPLAN is a snapshot in time in a child’s learning and there are many important aspects of a child’s capabilities and achievements that are not measured in a standardised test, including creative and performing arts, sporting achievements and character development.
  • Parent, student and teacher satisfaction survey results – this usually gives some insight into how the community feels about the school and how they perceive that it might improve.
  • Adjustments for disability – this is important if your child will need additional support at school. How many Learning and Support Officers were employed to work with identified children? How many days were they employed? What programs did they implement to support students? Talk to the Principal to get more information on this.

We are fortunate that Blue Mountains schools are of an excellent standard. You are usually not able to choose which public school your child can attend but it is helpful to read the annual report to gain a deeper insight into your child’s school and what their strategic directions are.

If you click on the My School links below (Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)) you will find the school’s website and other information. Visit the school’s website to read in more detail about the school, read their newsletters and learn about the school’s programs, staff, policies and enrolment procedures. You might also like to download Annual Reports from previous years (found under ‘School planning and reporting’ for public schools) and read more about the school plans which are underpinned by the School Excellence Framework

The 2019 Annual Reports for Blue Mountains Schools

Lower Blue Mountains Primary Schools

Public

Emu Heights Public School (2017)
My School link

Emu Plains Public School
My School link

Leonay Public School
My School link

Glenbrook Public School
My School link

Lapstone Public School
My School link

Blaxland East Public School
My School link

Blaxland Public School
My School link

Mount Riverview Public School
My School link

Warrimoo Public School
My School link

Ellison Public School
My School link

Faulconbridge Public School
My School link

Springwood Public School
My School link

Winmalee Public School
My School link

Independant

St Finbar’s Primary School, Glenbrook
My School link

Our Lady of the Way Primary School, Emu Plains (2018 report)
My School link

Penola/McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains
My School link

Blue Mountains Preparatory Grammar School, PreK – Year4, Valley Heights My School link

St Thomas Aquinas School, Springwood
My School link

Wycliffe Christian School, Warimoo (2018 report)
My School link

Lower Blue Mountains High Schools

Public 

Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School
My School link

Blaxland High School
My School link

Springwood High School
My School link

Winmalee High School
My School link

Independant

Wycliffe Christian School, Warimoo (2018 report)
My School link

Middle Blue Mountains Primary Schools

Public

Hazelbrook Public School
My School link

Lawson Public School
My School link

Independant

Korowal School, Hazelbrook
My School link

Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson (2018 report)
My School link

Middle Blue Mountains High Schools

Public 

None

Independant

Blue Mountains Steiner School, Hazelbrook
My School link

Upper Blue Mountains Primary Schools

Public

Katoomba North Public School
My School link

Katoomba Public School
My School link

Leura Public School
My School link

Wentworth Falls Public School
My School link

Mount Victoria Public School
My School link

Blackheath Public School
My School link

Megalong Public School
My School link

Independant

Kindlehill School, Wentworth Falls (2017 report)
My School link

M.E.T School One School Global, Years 3-6, Mt Victoria (2018 report)
My School link

Blue Mountains Grammar School, Years 5 – 6, Wentworth Falls
My School link

Upper Blue Mountains High Schools

Public 

Katoomba High School
My School link

Independant

Blue Mountains Grammar School, Wentworth Falls
My School link

M.E.T School One School Global, Mt Victoria (2018 report)
My School link

Mountains Christian College, Blackheath
My School link

St Canices Primary School, Katoomba (2018 report)
My School link

Blue Mountains National Park Regional Schools

Public

Bilpin Public School
My School link

Kurrajong East Public School
My School link

Kurrajong North Public School
My School link

Kurrajong Public School
My School link

Mulgoa Public School
My School link

Warragamba Public School
My School link

Independant

Hawkesbury Independent School, Kurrajong
My School link

Kuyper Christian School
My School link

Lithgow Primary Schools

Public

Cooerwull Public School
My School link

Lithgow Public School
My School link

Zig Zag Public School
My School link

Independant

Scots All Saints College, Lithgow
My School link

St Patricks Catholic Primary School
My School link

Lithgow High Schools

Public

Lithgow High School
My School link

Independant

La Salle Academy (2017)
My School link

Scots All Saints College, Lithgow
My School link

Penrith Independant Schools

Penrith Christian School, PreK – 12, Orchard Hills
My School link

Penrith Anglican College, PreK – 12, Orchard Hills (2018 report)
My School link

St Paul’s Grammar School, PreK – 12, Cranebrook (2018 report)
My School link

Nepean Christian School, K – 12, Mulgoa 
My School link

blue mountains school students playing at school in the Blue Mountains Natioinal Park

Once you talk to others about their experiences, meet staff, take a tour, ask questions concerning special programs and opportunities and how the school might meet your child’s individual needs, you may feel better equipped to make an informed decision about which Blue Mountains school might suit your child best.

If you are after great websites for your kids at home, check out our Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM) collection of websites. STEM websites for kids Part One and STEM websites for kids Part Two include excellent resources for teachers and children to explore, enjoy and enhance student outcomes in STEM subjects.

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