Exploring the spending of elite Sydney schools


An elite private school that charges $25,000 a year to educate a 7-year-old is under investigation for possible misuse of taxpayer funds.

King’s School in Sydney reportedly planned to install a plunge pool in the principal’s residence and sent senior staff from the school to participate in the British rowing competition.

These reports sparked an investigation by the New South Wales Department of Education into the 191-year-old private school’s use of public funds.

“The expectations for non-government schools that receive public funding are very clear: the funding must be for the education of our students,” Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said in a statement Friday.

“I expect all non-governmental schools to comply with the non-profit requirements and will not hesitate to take action if they are found not to be doing so.”

This research is conducted in consultation with the Non-Government Schools Non-for-profit Advisory Committee, which is directly responsible for ensuring the financial responsibility and accountability of schools funded by the NSW Government.

Former federal education minister Stuart Robert said there would be consequences if North Parramatta schools failed to follow the rules.

“I thought it would be very easy for the Kings to show the Department of Education how they funded different assets and what they did with that money,” the liberal lawmaker told Nine’s Today show Friday. Told.

“I recommend they do it immediately.”

We reached out to King’s for comment.

In a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald, the school said it takes its mandate seriously and is working with the department.

The Anglican School, the oldest private school in the country, charges approximately $24,000 for kindergarten students and up to $40,000 for grade 12 students. Boarding students are charged approximately $27,000 annually in addition to tuition.

The two-story principal residence includes a main bedroom with a walk-in closet, four other bedrooms, multiple sitting areas, a walk-in pantry, outdoor spa, and gated doors.

Last renovated in 2017.



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