The heart of Walcha offers a public school that caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 and a Catholic primary school while the outlying villages also offer public primary schools. There are several fantastic independent secondary schools in both Armidale and Tamworth with many students catching a daily bus to Armidale or partaking in the excellent boarding facilities that are offered by the region’s schools.
Walcha Central School
Address: Foster Street, Niangala
Phone: 02 6769 2254
The parents and the wider community of Niangala Public School highly value education and consider the school a valuable asset of their community. The school is a focal point for community activity and thus experiences strong parent and community support. There is high parent involvement in all aspects of school management and student programs. The curriculum provides an environment where creativity is fostered and independent learning is encouraged and practised. There is a strong focus on literacy, numeracy, peer leadership, sport, drama and public speaking. The school aims to equip students to be life-long learners who have a sense of self worth and personal identity and who will contribute to their society as responsible citizens. The school staff, students and parents exhibit considerable pride in all forms of presentation. This is reflected in the quality of students’ work, personal appearance, public performances and care of the school environment.
Nowendoc Public School
Address: 6090 Brackendale Road, Nowendoc
Phone: 02 6777 0905
Nowendoc Public School is a small, isolated school, catering for those who live within the small village of Nowendoc and on surrounding properties. The School is part of the Country Areas Schools Program, is extensively resourced with up to date resources and emphasises strong integration of technology throughout all Key Learning Areas. Situated in the New Region, 70 kilometres from Walcha, the school can be found by turning off the Thunderbolt Highway. The happy, family atmosphere at Nowendoc Public School touches all aspects of school life. Their inspiring peer support and values program encourages leadership and citizenship across the entire school community. Students feel valued and respected in the nurturing, caring atmosphere of our school.
Their small size enables teachers to focus on individual learning programs in a quality teaching and learning environment. Creativity, collaboration and care underpin everything we do and ensures a great school spirit and pride amongst students, families and teachers. The school is proud of their happy, high achieving students, their strong, supportive parent community, their dedicated staff and their well resourced classrooms, playing fields, grounds and gardens. They invite you to visit them and find out more about the great opportunities they can offer your child.
St Patricks Primary School
Address: 51N South Street, Walcha
Phone: 02 6777 2328
Woolbrook Public School
Address: 815 Black Mountain Rd, Black Mountain
Phone: 02 6777 5893
Woolbrook Public School is located in the village of Woolbrook in the southern New England Tablelands. The school has an enrolment drawn from the village and surrounding rural properties. There is a strong and relentless focus on literacy and numeracy, with flexible groupings utilised to optimise the learning of students at all stages. Technology is an integral part of each day’s learning, seamlessly supporting the teaching of the Key Learning Areas. The school is a happy, stimulating, challenging and caring environment that delivers a rich and varied education. The school benefits greatly from involved parents and a very supportive community.
Yarrowitch Public School
Address: Chandlers Rd, Yarrowitch
Phone: 02 6777 7582
Yarrowitch is a small isolated school situated fifty kilometres east of Walcha. The school, established in 1887, serves a rural community. The school is located in picturesque grounds with excellent facilities and is the focal point of the local community. Yarrowitch Public School will provide a happy, caring and positively reinforced learning environment in which pupils will reach their optimum potential. Emphasis will continue to be placed on high standards in literacy and numerary through teacher and parent inservicing and the purchase and use of related hands-on resources. The school receives assistance from the Country Areas Program (CAP) where emphasis is placed on relieving the isolation factor.
Walcha Central School
Address: 154E North St, Walcha
Phone: 02 6777 2777
Students, staff and the community at Walcha Central work together to provide a quality education, K-12, which encourages all students in leadership and responsibility and to achieve their personal best. Students enjoy a broad and responsive curriculum delivered by highly qualified and professional staff in a friendly and safe environment. Outstanding Higher School Certificate results are obtained and have been sustained over recent years. Parent and community members are encouraged to participate fully in the life of their local public school. Further, a consistent program of religious education is provided by community members.
New England Community College
Phone: 02 6771 3374
The New England Community College (NECC) located in Guyra, Uralla, Walcha and Armidale, offers a diverse range of certificate courses, general interest courses, computer training and Literacy and Numeracy. For work or pleasure, for income or leisure NECC is your local Registered Training Organization. Certificate courses are nationally recognized qualifications.
TAFE New England
Address: Beardy Street, Armidale
Phone: 02 6773 7700
The Armidale campus of the New England Institute of TAFE offers courses in a wide range of industry areas, from trades & primary industries, business administration, visual arts, screen studies and graphic design to allied health and community services, tourism & hospitality, English as a second language and literacy and numeracy, among others. They offer flexible study options to suit a variety of work and life situations.
Address: 13 Janison Street, Tamworth
Phone: 02 6768 2200
At TAFE New England Tamworth campus, the largest of the campuses in TAFE New England, they offer an extensive range of programs and study options for people looking to gain new skills, enhance their career opportunities or follow a pathway to further study. Their programs are diverse and students enjoy the benefits of relevant practical training, delivered by teachers who are industry professionals.
The campus is home to the Tamworth Trade School, which specialises in trade training. They also offer courses in arts, tourism and hospitality, nursing, welfare, computing, hairdressing and beauty, engineering, construction, bricklaying, transport, veterinary nursing, animal care, children’s services, business and administration services, horticulture and aeroskills.
University of New England
Phone: 02 6773 3333
Located in nearby Armidale, UNE is Australia’s oldest regional university offering more than 200 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher degree research levels. More than 87,000 people have graduated from UNE, with many of them going on to hold senior positions around Australia – and abroad – in business, government, education, research, and community development.