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Larrakeyah Primary School as an IPS


In 2015, Larrakeyah Primary was one of the first six NT schools to be selected as an Independent Public School.

Independent Public Schools are not private schools. They are government schools that still operate within industrial and legislative processes and still have support from the Department of Education, though operate under different accountability and governance structures.Teacher conditions remain the same.

However, as an Independent Public School, Larrakeyah Primary has the autonomy to make decisions that better suits the needs of its students. For example, offer innovative programs and locally manage the recruitment of staff. We have the flexibility and autonomy to make better use of resources and better educational decisions to maximise student learning outcomes.

Independent Public Schools have a School Board rather than a School Council, with the opportunity to pursue creative models of sponsorship and industry partnerships.

In 2014 there was strong support from our school community for Larrakeyah Primary becoming an Independent Public School.

We are very pleased that Larrakeyah Primary was acknowledged as ready and capable to operate successfully as an Independent Public School in 2015 and lead the implementation of this model in the NT.

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Since 2017, Larrakeyah Primary School has enjoyed a rich sister-school relationship with Repton International School in Johor Bahru, Malaysia as well as other institutions. For over half a decade we have worked together to offer both student bodies deeper learning through diversity, cultural exchange, and unique experiences.

In 2022, we are excited to announce our new partnership with Leeds International School in Singapore. Leeds International School is well-regarded, maintaining high standards in learning, teaching and discipline at all times.

Both Repton International School and Leeds International School share our focus on high achievement and excellence. This is supported through the Cambridge International School curriculum which aligns standards across all three schools.


Extra-Curricular Activity Program: The ECA program established at Larrakeyah school is modeled on one operating at our sister-school. This program provides Sport, Art and Knowledge activities for over 100 students every Wednesday afternoon.

Year 6 Singapore Study Tour:  Year 6 students get an opportunity to visit Singapore  as part of the Asian Studies curriculum. The tour provides an excellent chance for  the students to learn about cultural and geographical  diversity, historical events that connect people in Asia, differences in economic, demographic and social characteristics between countries.

School Council - Interim Board  - School Board: As part of becoming an IPS Larrakeyah School had to change from having a School Council to a School Board. These two bodies have very different functions. The school now has a functioning School Board.

International Baccalaureate & Cambridge International Curriculum: Both the IB and Cambridge Curriculum provide internationally recognized curricula, examinations and qualifications. Larrakeyah School actively investigated these to determine, which if any, would enhance the opportunities for our students. To do this teachers traveled to Singapore and New Zealand to visit schools using these programs. Eventually, Larrakeyah School gained accreditation to become NT's First Public Cambridge School in 2016.

School hours: Monday - Friday

Primary School: 08:15 AM - 2:45 PM
Supervision is provided before school (8:00 AM - 8:15 AM)
and after school (2:45 PM - 3:00 PM).

Preschool: 08:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Front Office: 08:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Your independent public school right in the heart of Darwin
Your independent public school right in the heart of Darwin

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