Independent Public Schools

IPSRosalie Primary School was awarded Independent Public School (IPS) status in 2011.

Gaining IPS status has helped us build on our strengths to maximise every learning opportunity through high quality, values enriched teaching and learning.

In collaboration with their school community, Independent Public Schools set their own strategic directions, have authority for day-to-day decision making and are in an ideal position to make decisions that best cater for their students. Parents and community members have an important and enhanced role in this initiative.

In order to operate with more autonomy, Independent Public Schools are afforded a number of flexibilities. This means that they can select staff, manage their financial affairs though a one line budget, select school development day dates, approve leave applications, determine the curriculum that best supports students’ needs, as well as manage school utilities (electricity, water, gas and waste management) and faults (breakdowns and repairs). Some groups of Independent Public Schools work as a cluster, which enables them to effectively combine ideas and resources to create even greater flexibilities across their group.

Although they are called Independent Public Schools, these schools remain part of the public school system.

For more information on how being an Independent Public School may help us meet the needs of our students, go to

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