The recently released August Census of enrolments in Catholic Secondary Schools reveals that CaSPA schools reflect a broad range of sizes and styles - it certainly is not a case of "one size fits all". With just on 500 Catholic Schools across the country we find CaSPA schools adapting to the needs of their local communities. This is reflected in a number of ways....
As the diagram above depicts, CaSPA schools fit equally in 4 size categories, with around 25% of our schools in each of these groupings:
up to 450
450 to 750
750 to 1050
The size of the school is largely dictated by the population density of the community that the school serves. In the diagram below we see how this is represented differently in each of the 8 jurisdictions around the country:
The areas of highest population concentration - Victoria [particularly Melbourne] and Canberra - tend to have the largest average sized schools. By contrast, the Northern Territory has far smaller average school sizes, with 50% of its schools having secondary enrolments less than 150.
While one would imagine that the average size of CaSPA schools is growing as the national population expands, the reality is that the average school has declined over the past 3 years:
2015 - average school size: 742 [number of schools: 483]
2016 - average school size: 737 [number of schools: 489]
2017 - average school size: 715 [number of schools: 502]
This is due to a number of factors especially the creation of smaller "niche" schools to cater for special needs such as the Flexi Learning Centres. There are also new schools starting up in the high growth areas on the Eastern Coast, and these have only one or two year levels and hence bring down the average size of schools.