Snapshot 2022

Snapshot of key characteristics of the Independent school sector, those who are enrolled and those who work in independent schools.

The Independent school sector is a diverse and growing group of non-government schools. The Independent school figures in this snapshot include Independent Catholic schools, except where otherwise indicated.

Characteristics of the Independent school sector:

  • Broad choice for parents
  • Strong community links
  • Diversity of school type, size and focus
  • Autonomous governance arrangements
  • Comprehensive accountability

The Independent school figures in this snapshot include Independent Catholic schools, except where otherwise indicated.

SCHOOL METRICS

In 2021, there were 1,187 Independent schools of which 140 were boarding schools. Most Independent schools are co-educational.

SIZE OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

FEWER THAN 50 STUDENTS 12%
50 — 199 STUDENTS 26%
200 — 999 STUDENTS 42%
1,000 — 1,999 STUDENTS 18%
2,000 OR MORE STUDENTS 26 SCHOOLS OR 2%

 

NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

PRIMARY 225 19%
SECONDARY 72 6%
COMBINED 752 63%
SPECIAL SCHOOLS 138 12%
TOTAL 1,187 100%

1,187

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

562

AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED AT AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

391

AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLLED AT A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL

SCHOOL PROFILE

Independent schools have diverse religious or philosophical affiliations. They represent a range of approaches to teaching and learning.

83%

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS WITH A RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION