Finding A Home Near A Good School Is Easy…If You Live On The Northern Beaches!

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After years of helping thousands of buyers, I have noticed that high on the checklist for most families, along with finding enough space, good views etc… is to be within a close proximity to a desirable school or to have easy access to a good school. This is particularly important for Asian buyers who are renowned for targeting certain areas specifically for their reputable schools. As a Northern Beaches mum with four children, I understand just how important it is to be happy with the schooling options available in the area you buy in. After all, you can change the structure of a house, remodel it or alter the home’s layout, but you cannot move it as it’s attached to the land. Paying a bit more to ensure your children can access a highly desirable school district makes perfect sense. So to assist I’ve provided a breakdown of the schools on the Northern Beaches that made the top rankings list for NSW, plus have provided a few tips and key information to assist parent’s when hunting for a property on the Northern Beaches. Note: The school’s mentioned below are done in the order of their ranking last year according to HSC or NAPLAN results. This list is based purely on academic results and has not taken into account many other important factors when choosing a school.

  1. Manly Selective is a co-educational government high school located in North Curl Curl.  As its name suggests, it is academically selective so your child will be required to sit a competitive entrance exam in order to secure a position. Manly Selective is well renowned as being one of the top performing schools in Australia. It has programs in place that nurtures gifted and talented children, plus has an extensive music program, drama, the campus musical, debating, chess, mentoring, competitive and recreational sport, leadership development and college activities. In 2012 it ranked number 13 in the state! For further information see
  2. John Colet School, located in Belrose, is a small independent school which consistently ranks as the best performing primary school on the Northern Beaches. John Colet is K-6 co-educational, multi-faith school in Belrose which provides a nurturing environment in a leafy setting. The school provides an education which is both traditional and innovative, teaching both the basic subjects (such as English, Maths and Science) as well as more specialised subjects such as Philosophy, Shakespeare and Classical Languages to all age groups. The school has a vegetarian policy and provides cooked healthy lunches each day for their students. John Colet ranked 18th in NSW last year (Primary School Rankings). This school I can highly recommend. It is a nurturing environment with talented teachers. The school consistently brings out the best in children both personally and academically. The class sizes are very small so the kids get far greater attention than in most other schools. For further information about John Colet School see
  3. Pittwater House School is located in Collaroy. It a relatively small school which offers a unique system of education, with single sex classes in a co-educational campus from pre-school to Year 12. Pittwater House achieves fantastic academic results. In 2012 it ranked as the best performing independent school on the Northern Beaches (Secondary School). The school ranked 39th in NSW (Primary) and 68th in NSW (Secondary). For further information see:
  4. Sydney Japanese School Terry Hills offers a bilingual education (Japanese and English) to students from all cultural and language backgrounds. It provides an academic program for children from Kinder to Year 6 and achieved solid results, ranking 58th in NSW (Primary School Rankings). For further information see
  5. St Luke’s Grammar School is located on Headland Road in Dee Why. It is a private co-educational Anglican school which provides for students from Transition – Year 12. Consistently performing well academically, this school is arguably the most renowned private school on the Northern Beaches. St Luke’s ranked 68th in NSW (Primary) and 62nd (Secondary). For further information see
  6. Seaforth Public School caters for children from Kindergarten to Year 6. Situated in leaf residential Seaforth, this primary school was the top performing government school on the Northern Beaches last year, ranking 82nd for primary schools in NSW in 2012. For further information see
  7. Consistently ranking in the top 100 secondary school list is the Christian Covenant School in Belrose. This school is a Transition to year 12 co-educational school that is based around Christian values. The school aims to provide a nurturing environment whilst achieving academic excellence. Christian Covenant School ranked 83rd in NSW (Secondary) and 220th (Primary). For further information see
  8. Stella Maris College is located on Pittwater Road in Manly. It caters for girls from Year 7 – 12 and offers a Catholic education, modern facilities and good academic results in a nurturing environment. Stella Maris ranked 85th in NSW for 2012. For further details see
  9. St Augustine’s College is a congregational Catholic School for Boys in Years 5 to 12. Located in Brookvale, St Augustine’s teaches Catholic values and achieves good academic results.  They ranked 139th in NSW last year. For further information see:
  10. Other popular schools with great reputations on the Northern Beaches include: Manly West Public School (located in Balgowlah), Allambie Heights Public School, Balgowlah Heights Public School (which has a new gifted and talented program), Freshwater Public School, Manly Village Public School, St Kieran’s Manly Vale, St John The Baptist School Freshwater, North Balgowlah Public School, St Paul’s Manly, Glenaeon Rudolph Steiner School Frenchs Forest, Montessori School in both Forestville and North Balgowlah, Manly Vale Public School plus many more.

So as you can see, there are so many good options on the Northern Beaches for schools. But if you’re not happy with one of these choices, don’t panic. Many of Sydney’s top private schools have hassle free, safe independent buses which pick up and deliver students daily from the Northern Beaches to schools such as The Scots College, Cranbrook School, Ascham, Kambala, Kincoppal, Mosman Prep and Queenwood Girls (who have just announced a new bus will be starting which services the Northern Beaches) . For further details about these buses contact the schools direct.

Want to check how a certain school performed? Click here to use the Sydney Morning Herald’s easy school ranking tool:

For further assistance finding a home close to your school of choice, please phone us today on 0424 006 855.

Note: This information is only to be used as a guide but must not be relied upon under any circumstance. Every child suits a different school specific to their needs. Please conduct your own research when selecting a school for your child.



About Bernadette Cullen

Bernadette Cullen is the Campaign Specialist at Northern Beaches Property Specialists. With extensive experience in design, real estate marketing and client service, Bernadette brings to the team outstanding communication and excellent people skills. A seasoned property expert that loves her chosen profession and believes there is no better place than the Northern Beaches to live, work and raise her young family.

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