Best Primary Schools In The Inner West Of Sydney For 2019

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And the 2018 NAPLAN results are in... as the country went head to head in writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy.

If you believe NAPLAN is the best barometer for a school's success, then read on...

Top of The Class

Independent and Catholic schools were standouts this year with Meriden School in Strathfield in the number one spot followed by Newington College in Stanmore and MLC Burwood in third place. 

St Mary’s Catholic Primary in Erskineville ranked fourth, followed by Presbyterian Ladies College in Croydon, St Fiacre Catholic Primary School in Leichhardt and Fr John Therry Catholic Primary School in Balmain/Rozelle.

Meriden School also blitzed at the secondary level, ranking second in a list of the top 10 performing local high schools behind Fort St High in Petersham.

Meriden's principal Julie Greenhalgh admits that we should not be too focused on NAPLAN, which she describes as “a narrow assessment at a particular point in time”.

“Our NAPLAN results are strong because we focus on expert teaching and learning and don’t worry about NAPLAN,” Dr Greenhalgh told the Daily Telegraph.

“By keeping in mind the overall learning outcomes for the entire year and ensuring the girls are mastering the skills of inquiry learning, research, comprehension and problem-solving, we are preparing them for much more than NAPLAN.

“The irony is that, in so doing, we are also improving their NAPLAN results.”

Top 20 Inner West Primary Schools

1. Meriden School, Strathfield

2. Newington College, Stanmore

3. MLC Burwood

4. St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Erskineville

5. Presbyterian Ladies College, Croydon

6. St Fiacre Catholic Primary School, Leichhardt

7. Fr John Therry Catholic Primary School, Balmain/Rozelle

8. Trinity Grammar, Summer Hill

9. Burwood Public, Burwood

10. All Hallows Catholic Primary School, Five Dock

11. Petersham Public School, Lewisham

12. St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School, Annandale

13. St James Catholic Primary School, Glebe

14. Our Lady of the Assumption, North Strathfield

15. Croydon Public School

16. Inner Sydney Montessori School, Balmain

17. Strathfield North Public School

18. St Martha’s Catholic Primary, Strathfield

19. St Ambrose Catholic Primary, Concord West

20. Newtown North Public School

When Is The 2019 NAPLAN?

The national testing season begins on May 14 this year as children in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 around the country sit the writing, spelling and grammar tests of the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Reading and numeracy will follow. 

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