Independent Public School

An Independent Public School is a public school where the principal, in partnership with the whole school community through the School Board, has been given increased flexibility and responsibility to make local decisions across a range of school operations to enhance education outcomes for students.

Principals of Independent Public Schools have more freedom to make decisions about important matters that impact students’ education such as student support, staff recruitment, financial management, governance and accountability.

An Independent Public School caters to the specific needs of its students by determining the curriculum and specialist teachers required that best support them. Independent Public Schools may work in clusters, which enables them to effectively combine ideas and resources to create even greater flexibility and opportunities for each school.

Each Independent Public School has a school board. The board establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships.

Tuart Hill Primary School was awarded Independent Public School status in 2014.  Our school community embraces our responsibilities to deliver an exceptional education to all our students in a highly accountable manner as outlined in the current Delivery and Performance Agreement.  Our school is reviewed by the Departments of Educational Services at the conclusion of each Business Plan cycle – each Review is uploaded onto this Website along with each ratified Business Plan. The purpose of the Independent Review is to assure the Minister for Education, the Director General and the school community that the school has met its commitments as outlined in its Delivery and Performance Agreement and associated Business Plan.

Click here to read the full Independent Review Report