Tenterfield Shire: Education



Tenterfield offers options at every level of education from pre-school and early childhood, primary and secondary schools even tertiary studies. There are two primary schools in Tenterfield, one public and one Catholic and a public secondary school. Due to Tenterfield’s proximity to major centres in both New South Wales and Queensland, many parents choose one of the fantastic boarding schools in nearby areas.

At a tertiary level, the New England Institute of TAFE has a modern campus in Tenterfield that offers flexible learning options and specialist training in business studies, information technology, office administration, pre-vocational education, general education, nursing and rural studies to meet the needs of the surrounding community.

Junior Schools


Drake Public School
Mingoola Public School
Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Primary School
St Joseph’s Primary School (Catholic)
Urbenville Public School

Secondary Schools


Tenterfield High School

Further Education
TAFE New Enlgand
Tenterfield Community College


Junior Schools


Drake Public School

Address: Allison Street, DrakeDrake-Public-School
Phone: 02 6737 6677
Website: www.drake-p.schools.nsw.edu.au

Drake Public School provides a well balanced curriculum while maintaining a focus on the development of literacy and numeracy skills. The school offers a supportive environment that caters for the needs of the individual student. It welcomes the support of parents and caregivers as well as the wider community.

Mingoola Public School

Address: Bruxner Hwy, MingoolaMingoola-Public-School
Phone: 02 6737 5224
Website: www.mingoola-p.schools.nsw.edu.au

Mingoola Public School is a strong, friendly school community and a proud member of the Border Country Community of Schools. Highly qualified staff are committed to the provision of quality, dynamic teaching and learning programs. We foster high standards and achievement in a happy, caring, stimulating learning environment. Our classrooms, playground and general facilities are outstanding. Students achieve their full potential in academic, creative and sporting areas and develop skills that enable them to become happy, productive citizens of the world. Access to outstanding technology, a dynamic music program, regular participation in a variety of real and virtual and excursions, a range of leadership opportunities, innovative extra curricula programs and a student maintained vegetable garden provide further opportunities for students to develop valuable life skills. The staff, students, parents and community of Mingoola PS work together, to ensure the ongoing provision of an excellent education for our students.

Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School

Address: S75-79 Wood Street, TenterfieldSir-Henry-Parkes-Memorial-Public-School
Phone: 02 6736 1401
Website: www.sirhparkes-p.schools.nsw.edu.au

The Sir Henry Parkes Memorial School is a community school where in partnership we are committed to achieving and preserving excellence in primary education. Our goal is to provide a caring, tolerant and supportive educational environment characterised by quality teaching and learning. Through the provision of quality educational programs our aim is to nurture each child towards personal success and individual excellence, in a climate which promotes a love of life-long learning and continuous improvement. Our school is proud to be named after ‘The Father of Federation’ who was instrumental in initiating the ‘Public Education Act’ in NSW

St. Joseph’s Primary School (Catholic)

Address: 50 Scott St, Tenterfield
Phone: 02 6736 1786
Website: stjosephstenterfield.catholic.edu.au

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. At St Joseph’s school we have been educating the children of Tenterfield and the surrounding district for over 130 years.

This long standing tradition began with the Sisters of St Joseph and continues today with the same dedication. At St Joseph’s we are aware of the need for spiritual as well as the academic, social and emotional education. We see our role as educators as a partnership with parents, and therefore invite parents to participate in the life of the school in various ways.

Engagement of students is at the forefront of what we do at St Josephs. Students at St Joseph’s participate in a varied curriculum which marries the fundamental aspects of learning with technological innovation. All classrooms have a Smart-Board and iPads as well as being able to access a bank of laptop computers. Teachers are continually seeking ways to assist with the effective use of technology in the classroom.

Our classrooms were purpose built in 2008 and are equipped with state of the art technology. Further building in 2011 ensured we continue to have some of the most up to date facilities. Our teaching staff have a depth and breadth of experience which allows them to tailor learning experiences to the needs of the students.

Urbenville Public School

Address: Welch & Urben Sts, Urbenville
Phone: 02 6634 1333
Website: www.urbenville-p.schools.nsw.edu.au

Urbenville Public school provides an enjoyable, stimulating and challenging learning environment. The school is caring and supportive of the individual learning needs of its pupils, preparing them to meet the challenges of the future. A key feature of our school is the emphasis placed upon tolerance and acceptance of others.


Secondary Schools


Tenterfield High School

Address: 89 High Street, Tenterfield
Phone: 02 6736 1138
Website: www.tenterfiel-h.schools.nsw.edu.au

Tenterfield High School is noted for its strong academic focus, positive welfare programs, the care and consideration for students, leadership programs and a wide curriculum including extensive vocational education courses. Situated in a rural setting in the picturesque Northern Tablelands area of NSW the school has attractive grounds, modern classrooms, laboratories. and technology rooms. It also has exceptional art and photography facilities, a music room and library. An historic building has been renovated by the community and the Department of Education and Training (DET). The school has a Multi-Purpose Unit (MPU) which is used for a wide variety of school and community uses. There are two agriculture plots, a main teaching plot with stud Murray Grey heifers and a flock of ‘Nemesis’ sheep. A smaller plot is opposite the main building and is used for teaching purposes.

Further Education


TAFE New England

Address: High Street, TenterfieldTAFE-New-England
Phone: 02 6736 0000
Website: www.tne.edu.au

AFE New England Tenterfield campus is located at the centre of a developing wine region, surrounded by magnificent scenery and with many opportunities for bush walking, fishing and golfing.

Our campus is a modern facility offering flexible learning options and specialist training in business studies, information technology (computing), office administration, pre-vocational education, general education, nursing and rural studies to meet the needs of the surrounding community.

Tenterfield Community College

Phone: 02 6736 0050
Website: tenterfieldcommunitycollege.weebly.com

Tenterfield Community College Inc is a not for profit community organisation run by a volunteer Committee to provide short skill courses for work, for pleasure, for leisure, for income.

The service offers a number of short courses for both individuals and business and organisation within the community. These courses are offered very flexibly weekdays, evenings and weekends.