Presbyterian Ladies’ College Sydney

Principal Dr Paul Burgis
Year levels K to 12
Enrolment numbers 1172
Boarding or day boarding
Phone (02) 9704 5666
Postal address Boundary Street, Croydon

PLC (Presbyterian Ladies’ College) Sydney is a day and boarding school for girls from Reception (pre-Kindergarten) to Year 12, offering a broad curriculum to students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Founded in 1888 and situated at Croydon, the College is set within 4.4 hectares of landscaped grounds and retains its nineteenth century heritage buildings and gardens alongside modern state-of-the-art facilities. PLC Sydney aims to educate young women from the basis of a Christian world view to make a difference in a rapidly changing global society. Graduates are confident, caring, accomplished young women who make a fine contribution to society and who carry a genuine concern for the welfare of others. The College is widely recognised in Australia and overseas for developing innovative educational initiatives and providing a world class education. The strong academic program of the College results in excellent opportunities for PLC Sydney students after the completion of the Higher School Certificate, with over 85% of students gaining entry to university and the remainder to TAFE and other training institutions. Approximately half the students who sit the HSC gain an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or higher and students leave school to pursue a wide range of career paths. PLC Sydney caters for students of all abilities including gifted and talented students and students with mild intellectual disabilities. Established in 1994, the Special Education Integration Programme has become well known for pioneering advancement in education for students with disabilities. The College is home to approximately 1200 students and has accommodation for up to sixty-five boarders. Boarders achieve their academic best and broaden their horizons in an intimate, supportive, caring environment. The boarding House offers full and weekly boarding for students in Years 7 to 12, with access to the outstanding school facilities. Students at PLC Sydney also develop a strong global focus. Throughout their schooling career, they have a variety of opportunities to embrace international exchange, Service Learning and academic tour experiences. The College takes a personal approach to pastoral care and advice is available to every student from a comprehensive team including School Counsellors, the Chaplaincy Team, Deans of Students, Directors for each year group, the College Nursing Sister, Careers Adviser and teaching staff. Students at PLC Sydney have access to superb facilities including the JD Oates Aquatic Institute with indoor heated pools, McKeith Performing Arts Centre with 538 seat auditorium and teaching space for Music and Drama, state-of-the-art Science facilities, Macindoe Research Centre, Olympic sized gymnasium, tennis and basketball courts, oval, assembly hall, Extension Centre which offers tutoring, a music centre for private instrument lessons, careers and resources centre, Health Centre with on-site nursing sister and The Croydon Centre for Art, Design and Technology incorporating the Adelaide Perry Gallery. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and students have excellent access to appropriate technology. both the day school and boarding House are wireless networked throughout and all students in the Senior School are issued with a laptop and for Year 6 students, an ipad. PLC Sydney is recognised for its outstanding music and sporting opportunities and the extensive range of co-curricular and cultural activities. To broaden students’ skills and experiences, they are expected to take part in activities outside the classroom program. As well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Future Problem Solving, Tournament of Minds and Model United Nations Assembly there are extra activities and support groups. These cover the areas of debating, public speaking and speech, publications, social justice, science, languages, visual arts, environmental studies, charities and humanitarian efforts, musical groups and drama.