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Penrith Selective High School | High School Guide

In this High School Guide, we profile Penrith Selective High School - one of NSW's best performing schools.

Looking for a selective school in the Nepean, Western Sydney or Blue Mountains area? Are you already considering attending Penrith Selective High School? In this guide, we’ll discuss its history, admissions processes and cutoffs, and share some alumni success secrets. Read on to discover its history, famous alumni, key statistics, and HSC subjects offered.


What’s in the Penrith Selective High School Guide?

In this guide, we provide detailed information that helps parents and students make an informed decision about applying to Penrith Selective High School.


In this overview, we will discuss:



Penrith Selective High School is a co-educational Academically Selective High School that was established in 1950.

Penrith Selective High School has performed consistently among the top schools in the HSC, ranking  27th in 2010, 2017 and 2018.



Penrith Selective High School was first opened in the 1930s as an intermediate school. The school’s location was then occupied by a mansion known as The Towers. Soon, the mansion was sold to the Department of Education which then the land became Penrith Selective High School. This was then officially established in 1950 and became an academically selective school in 1989.

Two of the original foundations of the mansion have been preserved in the school grounds and the original plaque commemorating the introduction of Penrith Intermediate School has been moved into the school grounds. This plaque is currently residing in the school’s archives. The annual school magazine is named The Towers in commemoration of The Towers mansion.


Famous alumni

Names Contribution
Linda Burney Former Member of the NSW Parliament for Canterbury, and current Member of the Australian Parliament for Barton
Joyce Fardell Former teacher librarian
Tony Lauer Former Commissioner of the New South Wales Police
Ognjen Matic Australian handball player
Grigor Taylor Actor, Matlock Police, Silent Number and Glenview High
Ray Watson Judge who reformed family law to create no-fault divorce
Penelope Wensley Former Governor of Queensland
Richard Wilson Actor, The Proposition and Clubland





Key statistics

How many students go to Penrith? What is the student population’s diversity like? How does it perform? Let’s take a look.


Student profile

The total number of students were relatively consistent over the past 4 years, including the number of males and females.

Year Total Number of Students Enrolled Males Females
2020 914 510 404
2019 916 525 391
2018 919 533 386
2017 924 530 394


HSC Performance

Year Rank B6/E4 Result Unique B6/E4 Result State Ranks Success Rate (%)
2020 37 274 119 1 29.69
2019 45 270 115 2 29.35
2018 27 297 121 1 31.80
2017 27 329 127 0 34.24


HSC subjects offered

Faculty Subjects
  • English Advanced
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
  • Mathematics Advanced
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering Studies
  • Software Design and Development (SDD)
  • Information Processes and Technology (IPT)
  • Music 1
  • Music 2
  • Music Extension
Social Science
  • Society and Culture
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Japanese Beginners
  • Italian beginners
  • Japanese Continuers
  • Italian Continuers
  • Japanese Extension
  • Italian Extension
  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Studies of Religion 1




Written by Matrix Education

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