The NSW Department of Education has been educating students in NSW government schools for over 150 years. The NSW government schools network spans over more than 2,000 schools across Sydney and the rest of New South Wales.
NSW government schools offer education to students studying in both primary and secondary school.
All primary schools and most high schools (secondary) are co-educational (boys and girls), while a small number of high schools are single sex (boys only or girls only).
High school students can choose from a range of comprehensive schools including specialist schools in performing arts, creative arts, sports, languages and technology.
Students who successfully complete Years 11 and 12 in NSW are awarded a Higher School Certificate (HSC), an internationally recognised qualification that allows students to apply for university study both in Australia and abroad.
Our academic school year runs from January to December and is divided into four terms.
30 January - 13 April
30 January - 12 April
29 January - 9 April
1 May - 6 July
30 April - 5 July
28 April - 3 July
24 July - 28 September
23 July - 27 September
21 July - 25 September
15 October - 19 December
14 October - 20 December
12 October - 18 December
School enrolment dates:
Primary school students can enrol from Term 1 to Term 4.
High school students in Years 7-10 can enrol from Term 1 to Term 4.
High school students in Year 11 must enrol in Term 1 or at the beginning of Term 2.