Shelley Public School

Education through industry

Telephone02 9622 8359

About our school

At Shelley PS we support and promote excellence and equity.

We are committed to:

  • developing self esteem
  • creating a happy and productive learning environment
  • promoting team spirit
  • learning life skills
  • providing opportunities for students to become responsible and independent decision makers and problem solvers.

Distinctive aspects of the school include:

  • a variety of quality programs across all key learning areas
  • dedicated, skilled and approachable staff members
  • a high standard of discipline
  • an emphasis on literacy and numeracy
  • a Learning Centre for students who need assistance in the area of literacy
  • comprehensive assessment and reporting practice
  • opportunities for student involvement in decision making
  • quality technology programs
  • a respected tradition in competitive sport and cultural activities
  • strong community participation
  • an attractive, functional and stimulating learning environment including a communal hall. 

Our history

The origin of our name

In 1814 William Shelley, of the London Missionary Society, suggested to Governor Macquarie that a school to train Aborigines should be established in Parramatta.

It was proposed to teach the boys reading, writing, knowledge of scriptures, manual labour, agriculture and mechanical arts. The girls were to be taught sewing, knitting, spinning or such employments as were ‘suitable’ for them. At the end of 1814 the school was opened in a building that stood on the land bound by Macquarie, Marsden and Hunter Streets in Parramatta.

William Shelley died in 1815 but his wife and daughter carried on the school until 1823, when after Mrs Shelley’s retirement, it was moved to Blacktown. Shelley Public School, formerly known as Blacktown Road School, was opened in 1967.