Darlington Public School

A centre for learning, enjoyment and cultural enrichment.

Telephone02 9516 2300


About our school

Welcome to Darlington Public School.  We look forward to a long and happy association with you and your child. 

Darlington Public School prides itself on strong links with our parents and community; leading edge literacy and numeracy programs; heightened educational opportunities in the arts; organisation which accommodates different learning rates and styles; outstanding opportunities for parental involvement and participation and; a strong commitment to Student Welfare. As a small school we succeed in delivering a wide range of quality opportunities and programs by complementing the committed efforts of our experienced teaching staff through extensive use of community expertise. This expertise includes; administrative staff, specialist music, gymnastics, art, drama and technology expertise. 

Students' progress is reported through three-way conferences and extensive written reports. Students' self assessment and goal setting is also a feature of the learning program. 

The atmosphere of our school is warm and welcoming. As a small school, we are able to ensure that no student gets lost in the crowd. Every student is nurtured, challenged and motivated to achieve within a school environment that is supportive and focused on student wellbeing.

Our expectations for learning are high for every student and reflect the aims and goals of both our community and the students themselves.  We have a very strong core literacy and numeracy focus and believe in providing integrated and meaningful learning programs for our students across all key learning areas. We understand that each child is an individual with different learning needs and goals. We  provide differentiated learning programs, aligned to the curriculum to ensure all students are challenged, independent learners who are working towards clear learning goals.

We pride ourselves on being a school where diversity and creativity is nurtured and learners are encouraged. We provide the tools, strategies and motivation for our learners to become true problem finders and solvers, key skills in this rapidly changing world.

At Darlington Public School we believe in taking down the walls between learners, whether it is through our use of composite classes, whole school programs or collaboration across our neighboring schools and further afield. Our students are part of a global world and their learning should be collaborative and inter-connected to reflect this.

Students are encouraged to value individuality, creativity, respect, empathy, commitment and responsibility in an environment where learning is treasured. We support students to develop resilience and independence. 

Our classrooms are vibrant, creative and innovative, collaborative and inclusive, relevant and well-resourced.  

Quality teaching and learning is achieved as a result of the commitment, dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm of the teachers who genuinely care for the students they teach.

We extend a warm invitation to you to become actively involved members of our school community by participating in any number of ways, some of which are listed below.

  • Attending P&C meetings
  • Assisting in fundraising activities
  • Helping in classrooms

We are confident you and your child will enjoy being at Darlington Public School, sharing in our fine facilities and participating in the wide variety of experiences and opportunities on offer.

Our history

In 1878 the Eveleigh railway workshops were built along with terraces in the surrounding area to house the workers. By now Darlington was well enough established to make a claim for its own school.

1878: Eveleigh railway workshops built and surrounding terrace accommodation.

1880: Education was made compulsory and the golden grove estate was subdivided which strained the school accommodation. School enrolment was 361.

1883: The school curriculum was expanded to include singing, dancing and sewing as well as the 3 R's.

1888: The old system of training teachers in the classroom was replaced by a two-year course at teachers college.

1890: School enrolment reached 1064.

1900: Agriculture, science, domestic science and carpentry were taught.

Aboriginal education

Darlington Public School prides itself on Aboriginal education and provides many opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to get the most out of their education, in accordance with the objectives outlined in Department of Education and Communities Aboriginal Education Policy.

Darlington Public School implements Personalised Learning Plans (PLP) for all Aboriginal students. PLPs are created in partnership with Aboriginal parents, teacher and student and involve mutual agreement on learning goals. They reflect areas of strength and development and demonstrate evidence of linear achievement for Aboriginal students.

Our school's Aboriginal education resource teacher and our aboriginal education officer work in partnership with staff to create programs and provide direct support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in literacy and numeracy.