Find the perfect school for your child in the Northern Districts

If you’re seeking easily accessible schools, Thornleigh is arguably one of the best suburbs in NSW. This makes it a great suburb to raise a family – something I have discovered while raising my own four daughters here.

We’re spoilt for choice and there’s a school for everyone – excellent state secondary and primary schools, state selective schools and co-ed or single-sex private schools to choose from. Here are some of the top schools in Thornleigh and surrounding areas.

Normanhurst West Public School

This public primary school in Thornleigh has a great community focus and is relatively small in size, with around 360 students. The highly rated teachers and beautiful, leafy grounds make it a real asset to the area. A wonderful all-round option for families looking for a great public school.

Visit Normanhurst West Public School website.

Thornleigh West Primary School

Thornleigh West PS is a well-regarded public school in a beautiful bushland setting. It has a distinct multicultural flavour, with 30 percent of the students coming from language backgrounds other than English. Exceptional band, music, sport and dance programmes round out the learning programme for years K-6. The school holds frequent family events, including band performances, a spring fair, gardening and open days. This makes Thornleigh West an excellent choice for parents who like to be involved with their local school.

Visit Thornleigh West Primary School website.

Turramurra High School

This public high school seeks to instil core values of respect, responsibility and aspiration in its students. The school has a wide range of facilities for different modes of learning. These include a hospitality kitchen with commercial equipment, extensive sport, design and technology facilities, outdoor learning areas, and much more. Turramurra High is an innovative school that focuses on both practical and academic learning.

Visit Turramurra High School website.

Pennant Hills High School

Pennant Hills is a co-ed public high school with a comprehensive gifted and talented programme and a reputation for high academic achievement. The school prides itself on offering community work and volunteering opportunities. These help to link the school with its surroundings and encourage a sense of citizenship in its students. The school also maintains strong connections with universities and TAFE, and this ensures students are encouraged into further educational opportunities once they graduate.

Visit Pennant Hills High School website.

Normanhurst Boys High School

Nicknamed Normo, this is one of seventeen academically selective schools in NSW, and it produces consistently high results. Established in 1958, it has some 730 students from year seven to year 12. This school’s philosophy is based around fostering excellence in young men through holistic education and extra-curricular activities to suit each student. Speciality areas include music, theatre and visual art, debating and even robotics.

Visit Normanhurst Boys High School website.

Hornsby Girls High School

This girls-only, academically selective public school has operated since 1930 in heritage buildings next to Hornsby’s business centre. With a strong academic reputation, it also prides itself on providing a caring and supportive environment for its students.

Visit Hornsby Girls High School website.

Loreto Normanhurst Catholic School

Established in 1897, this private Catholic girls’ school is part of a worldwide network of Loreto schools, and one of seven in Australia. With expansion plans including a new bush chapel and other buildings, the school will increase its numbers from 1150 students to 2000 over the next few years.

Visit Loreto Normanhurst Catholic School website.

Barker College

Founded in 1890, this private Anglican school is transitioning towards being fully co-educational, with a co-ed senior school and primary school girls set to join in 2019 (year 3) and 2020 (year 7).

Visit Barker College website


This highly rated independent day and boarding Anglican girls’ school runs from preschool to year 12. This means your daughter can spend all her school years in one place. Abottsleigh has two large campuses in Wahroonga, and boasts a public art gallery, an award-winning sports hall and a state-of-the-art aquatic centre that is open to the wider community. Established in 1885, it is selective from year five onwards.

Visit Abbotsleigh website.

St Leo’s Catholic College Wahroonga

This co-educational Catholic college is located in the heart of Wahroonga. The school has strong academic results, and sees more than 70 per cent of its students win a university place upon graduation. Co-curricular activities include music, theatre, debating and creative writing, and an annual musical.

Visit St Leo’s Catholic College Wahroonga website.

Talk to me

As an agent who lives locally in Thornleigh, I have an in-depth knowledge of boundaries, school performance and everything else you need to know about the all-important job of finding the right educational setting for your kids. Please get in touch today if you want to know more about our many highly regarded schools.


Karen Page
Friendly, caring and attentive, Karen Page is a customer focused professional with a genuine passion for helping people transition through the different stages of their life.