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Northern beaches NAPLAN 2020: Where your primary school rates

Three public primary schools have made it into the northern beaches top five for best performance in NAPLAN. We have crunched the data and have listed the schools on the peninsula from 1 to 52. Find out how your school rates.

Manly Daily photo Troy Snook

John Colet School's headmaster Julian Wilcock. Picture: Troy Snook

Three public schools are among the top five NAPLAN performers on the northern beaches.

Independent John Colet in Belrose topped the list and was fifth best in NSW.

Davidson’s Kambora Public School was second best performer on the peninsula, Frenchs Forest Public third and Balgowlah Heights Public fourth.

Covenant Christian School in Belrose was fifth.

Julian Wilcock, headmaster at John Colet was pleased with the results, but said he did not measure the school’s success by NAPLAN.

The school ranked third best on the peninsula last year.

John Colet School's headmaster Julian Wilcock. Picture: Troy Snook

“We don’t encourage tutoring or large amounts of homework,” he said.

“We aim for an engaging program of classical languages, philosophy and Shakespeare.

“We have a very traditional program of literacy and numeracy.

“We have high expectations.”

Mr Wilcock said the school was non-selective and did not teach to NAPLAN.

“NAPLAN is seen as relatively simple,” he said.

He added that the coronavirus had been a challenge because while they used iPads and computers they preferred traditional methods of teaching for numeracy and literacy.

However, he said they had adapted quickly to online schooling but was now busy planning for the return of all 230 pupils.

Chris Painter, principal of Kambora Public School, said she was proud of their NAPLAN results.

“This is the second time in recent years that Kambora has achieved top NAPLAN results,” she said.

“Targeted literacy and numeracy programs throughout the school ensure that students are receiving the support and extension they need in order to achieve and feel secure with their learning.

“Being a small school, our staff work collaboratively to develop these programs as well as track student performance and prioritise learning.

“Staff take an interest in all students, not just those in their own class, and take responsibility for their learning and wellbeing. That’s what makes Kambora Public School so special.”

List of where all primary schools placed in terms of NAPLAN results on the northern beaches and in brackets where the school was placed in NSW:

  1. John Colet School, Belrose (5)
  2. Kambora Public School, Davidson (127)
  3. Frenchs Forest Public School, Frenchs Forest (162)
  4. Balgowlah Heights Public School, Balgowlah (171)
  5. Covenant Christian School, Belrose (176)
  6. Sydney Japanese International School, Terrey Hills (187)
  7. St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why (201)
  8. Oxford Falls Grammar School, Oxford Falls (204)
  9. Killarney Heights Public School, Killarney Heights (209)
  10. St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School, Narraweena (216)
  11. Pittwater House Schools, Collaroy (226)
  12. St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Freshwater (239)
  13. Collaroy Plateau Public School, Collaroy Plateau (246)
  14. Manly West Public School, Balgowlah (255)
  15. Mona Vale Public School, Mona Vale (269)
  16. Harbord Public School, Freshwater (271)
  17. Curl Curl North Public School, North Curl Curl (288)
  18. Wakehurst Public School, Belrose (297)
  19. Balgowlah North Public School, North Balgowlah (308)
  20. Allambie Heights Public School, Allambie Heights (312)
  21. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Narrabeen (316)
  22. Manly Village Public School, Manly (317)
  23. Cromer Public School, Cromer (327)
  24. German International School Sydney, Terrey Hills (331)
  25. Manly Vale Public School, Manly Vale (348)
  26. Forestville Public School, Forestville (365)
  27. St Martin’s Catholic Primary School, Davidson (367)
  28. St Rose Catholic Primary School, Collaroy Plateau (379)
  29. Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Mona Vale (394)
  30. Mimosa Public School, Frenchs Forest (410)
  31. Bilgola Plateau Public School, Bilgola Plateau (416)
  32. St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School, Balgowlah (422)
  33. Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School, Forestville (437)
  34. Terrey Hills Public School, Terrey Hills (448)
  35. Wheeler Heights Public School, Collaroy Plateau (465)
  36. Avalon Public School, Avalon Beach (468)
  37. Seaforth Public School, Seaforth (479)
  38. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Manly (492)
  39. Newport Public School, Newport (521)
  40. Northern Beaches Christian School, Terrey Hills (541)
  41. Beacon Hill Public School, Beacon Hill (567)
  42. Narrabeen North Public School, North Narrabeen (568)
  43. St Kieran’s Catholic Primary School, Manly Vale (578)
  44. Brookvale Public School, Brookvale (594)
  45. Galstaun College, Ingleside (607)
  46. Narraweena Public School, Narraweena (608)
  47. Maria Regina Catholic Primary School, Avalon Beach (622)
  48. Belrose Public School, Belrose (685)
  49. Elanora Heights Public School, Elanora Heights (699)
  50. St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School, Dee Why (795)
  51. Dee Why Public School, Dee Why (990)
  52. Narrabeen Lakes Public School, Narrabeen (1070)