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Friday, 17 July 2020

Schools and students: 2019 statistical bulletin


Schools and students: 2019 statistical bulletin (PDF, 850kB)


The annual schools and students statistical bulletin

Every year, CESE publishes a snapshot of data collected across NSW government schools. The 2019 statistical bulletin presents tables and charts on school characteristics, student enrolments, attendance rates and more.


Key statistics

• In August 2019, there were 2,210 government schools and 100 preschools.

• The average class size for Kindergarten to Year 6 was 23.9 students.

• Total enrolments reached 805,672.8 full-time equivalent students, continuing the rising trend which began in 2008.

• 1,698 students were studying part-time, equivalent to 1,109.8 full-time students.

• 25,387 students were enrolled in support classes or schools for specific purposes.

• 2,799.4 students were enrolled in distance education.

• 8.0% of students identified as Aboriginal, totalling 64,692.5 students.

• 35.9% of students (291,544 students) were from a language background other than English.

• 79,704 primary students studied a language other than English, with Chinese (Mandarin) the most popular language.

• Japanese was the most popular language studied by students in Years 7 to 9, at 26,143 students of the 65,363 students studying a language other than English.

• The Year 7 to 12 apparent retention rate was 75.2% in 2019, down from the 2017 peak of 77.4%.

• 36,886 students were awarded an HSC in 2019, including a record 1,296 Aboriginal students.

• The average attendance rate was 90.3% in 2019.


For more statistics

Visit the NSW Education Data Hub or read our other statistical publications.

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