SUCCESS: Peter Laurence says the WA branch is operating so well it has taken over the operation of three schools in the eastern states. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Affordability, opportunity key for schools

A faltering economy and an increase in the number of people leaving the state compared with arrivals has failed to halt growth in enrolments at both local Catholic and other private schools, and public schools.

For the first time in 30 years Western Australia’s public school system’s growth is outpacing private schools, making it the only state or territory besides the Northern Territory to experience growth in the public sector.

However an increase in the state’s population overall means the public system’s gain has not been at the expense of the private sector.


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