North Shore School Guide: Private Girls’ Schools


Looking for Private Girls’ School on the North Shore for your child? Choosing a school for your child is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make as a parent. No pressure, right? To help you with this big decision, we’ve compiled a North Shore Private Girls’ School Guide, which showcases a range of local schools.

North Shore Private Girls’ Schools

Find out more about many of the private girls’ schools that we have on Sydney’s North Shore. Click on the links below to get all the details:

    North Shore Private Co-ed School Guide

    North Shore Private Boys’ School Guide

    North Shore Montessori & Steiner School Guide

    North Shore Public School Guide

    Pymble Ladies’ College

    About Pymble Ladies’ College

    We don’t just dream – we do. Pymble Ladies’ College girls bring passion and purpose into everything they do. They are change makers in the classroom, in their community, and in the world. ‘Watch Us Change the World’ is their statement of intent. It exists to instill courage in their young women to create the future they want to see for themselves. Since 1916, a Pymble education has equipped girls with the tools to achieve those dreams, while shaping them as influential and compassionate women. Girls at Pymble Ladies’ College are nurtured to be inquisitive, courageous, and determined, so they can make a difference that will positively change the world.

    Their campus sits on 50 acres of beautiful park-like grounds on Sydney’s upper North Shore. Pymble Ladies’ College is a non-selective, independent school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12, with Boarding available from Year 7.

    The opportunities – both curricular and co-curricular – ensure Pymble girls have every chance to achieve the ambitions, they set for themselves. Pymble has been marked with excellence throughout its 104-year history. The College has gained a reputation for offering an extraordinary, well-rounded education and co-curricular programs. The College has both outstanding teachers and world-class facilities.

    The College’s new Strategic Direction 2021-2030 is an exciting new chapter in the life of the school and focuses on developing the whole student in all areas of her life, focusing on four key intelligences: academic, social, emotional and digital, supported by the College values: Care, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility and delivered through the lenses of Pymble Courage, influencing the mind, body and soul.

    • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 12
    • Gender: Girls
    • Religion: Uniting Church
    • Boarding: Yes
    • Co-curricular offered: Pymble Ladies’ College believes in a balanced educational experience. In supporting the academic curriculum, the co-curricular program provides a platform on which students grow into healthy, capable and confident adults. The wide range of programs allows students a pathway to develop their talent and skills in a safe, informative and friendly environment. Find out more.
    • Notable Alumni: Ellyse Perry, Melissa Doyle, Dame Joan Hammond, Jacqueline McKenzie, Elizabeth Evatt, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Danielle Scott, Mackenzie Little, Alex the Astronaut
    • Transport Options:
      • Train: 5-minute walk from Pymble train station
      • Private Bus: There are five dedicated bus services (Hunters Hill, Lower North Shore, North West, Northern Beaches, Lower Northern Beaches). Find out more.
    • Scholarships: Pymble offers a number of scholarships each year to girls entering Years 7 to 11.
      • Junior Academic Scholarship (Year 7)
      • Performance Scholarship – Music (Year 7)
      • Performance Scholarship – Sport (Years 7 to 11)
      • All-rounder Scholarship (Years 7 to 11)
      • Boarding Scholarships (Years 7 to 11)
      • Senior Academic Scholarship (Year 11)
      • Ex-Students’ Union Scholarship (Year 11)
      • Indigenous Scholarship (Years 7 to 11)
      • Barbara Mary Nippress Memorial Scholarship (Years 7 to 10)
        Pymble Ladies’ College Scholarship details
    • Fees: $23,933 (Kindergarten) to $35,005 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

    Pymble Ladies’ College Open Days & Tours

    Their Open Events provide a unique opportunity to meet with their Principal and respective Heads of Schools. Open Events run for approximately two hours and begin with a tour of the College grounds and facilities guided by students, followed by a presentation from the Principal and senior executives of the College. Their next Open Event is:

    • Wednesday 16 March 2022 – Whole College (K-11) Open Evening 4pm-6pm. Book here.

    On-campus College Tours

    At their on-campus College tours you will have the opportunity to explore the academic, wellbeing and co-curricular programs they have on offer at Pymble, while discovering their world-class facilities set on 20 hectares of beautiful park-like grounds. Tours run for 90 minutes. Book a tour.

    Virtual Tour

    If you are unable to visit their campus the virtual tour of Pymble is a wonderful way to see their Campus and girls in action from the comfort of your home. Virtual tour.

    Contact Pymble Ladies’ College

    Ravenswood School for Girls

    About Ravenswood

    Ravenswood is a Pre-kindergarten to Year 12 private girls’ school, which aims to equip and inspire girls to participate in and contribute to our evolving global society. Established in 1901, Ravenswood is one of Australia’s leading independent girls’ schools, offering a broad-based curriculum with a strong academic focus.

    • Ages: Pre-kindergarten – Year 12
    • Gender: Girls
    • Religion: Uniting Church
    • Boarding: Yes
    • Extracurricular activities offered: Athletics (Track & Field), Australian Rules Football, Alpine Sports, Badminton, Cross Country Running, Debating, Diving, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Hockey (field), Netball, Oztag, Rugby Union, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football, Triathlon, Volleyball
    • Notable Alumni: Jillian Broadbent (Member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation), Christine Morgan (CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison), Julia Baird (Australian journalist, broadcaster and writer).
    • Transport Options:
      • Private bus: Ravenswood offers bus routes servicing Avalon, Freshwater/Narrabeen, Brookvale/Seaforth, Mosman/Castle Cove, Longueville/Hunters Hill, Bella Vista/Hills District.
      • Train: Gordon station is a 5 minute walk
    • Scholarships: Ravenswood scholarships are conducted by Academic Assessment Services. All scholarship candidates are required to take the Scholarship Examination, conducted at Ravenswood. The scholarships offered by Ravenswood are: Academic Scholarships, Music Scholarships, Kim Buchan All Rounder Scholarship, The Margaret Donaldson Scholarship, Ravenswood Alumni Scholarship, The Rural Residential Scholarship. For Ravenswood Scholarships enquiries, please contact Please note that scholarships for 2022 are now closed.
    • Fees: Contact

    Ravenswood Open Days & Tours

    • Open Day: Friday 27 May, 9am-12pm

    Contact Ravenswood

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    Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood

    Mercy College

    About Mercy Catholic College

    Mercy Catholic College Chatswood is a non-selective Catholic secondary school for girls, Years 7 to 12, located in the heart of Chatswood.

    Their College offers a variety of educational programmes designed and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of their students. Great emphasis is placed on academic achievement and the promotion of excellence. In 2021 the College was ranked 107 in the state of NSW for the Higher School Certificate. 90 mentions in the Distinguished Achievers list (Band 6 in subject/s) and 60% of students received Band 5 or above.

    The College offers a broad-based curriculum that provides students with a range of options and courses in core subjects and a number of vocational based alternatives and life skills courses. Their team of highly qualified and professional teachers provide students with exciting learning experiences that cater for all learners.

    The College offers numerous opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular activities. Over 30 programs including a variety of Sport, Creative Arts and special interest clubs.

    Across their learning community they create a happy and caring environment where all students are valued and encouraged to succeed, whatever their individual needs. They assist students to become independent, confident and resilient learners through a range of exciting opportunities.

    • Ages: Year 7 – Year 12
    • Gender: Girls
    • Religion: Catholic
    • Boarding: No
    • Extracurricular activities offered:
      • Sport – Netball, Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, Rugby, Swimming. Pathways also offered for the following representative sports.
      • Creative Arts – Dance, Drama, Music and choral programs.
      • Maths Club, Homework and Study Club, Book Club, Walking Club, Boot Camp, Mercy Action Group, Debating and Public Speaking, Duke of Edinburgh Program.
    • Transport Options: Mercy Catholic College is located conveniently in the heart of Chatswood close to all major transport hubs.
    • Fees: $6,269 (Year 7) – $7,171 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

        Mercy Catholic College Open Days & Tours

        • Open Day: Sunday 6 March, 10am-1pm. 

        Contact Mercy Catholic College

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        Roseville College

        About Roseville College

        Founded in 1908, Roseville College is a non-selective day school for girls in Kindergarten to Year 12 known for its Christian faith, participation, leadership and strong community, where each girl matters.  

        Here, she is part of a family-like community where she is known and where she can foster relationships to sustain her in her learning, wellbeing and life beyond the school gates. Their vision is to equip each girl with a deep sense of purpose for learning, for character and for who she can become. And their teachers provide a rigorous, personalised learning pathway that challenges and supports her in that vision. 

        The College is reputed for consistently strong results in the HSC and in all areas of learning. It is the only North Shore school to offer the prestigious, world recognised Cambridge International Courses in Years 9 – 10, while also delivering the IB PYP in the Junior years. 

        Roseville College is centrally located in the suburb of Roseville on Sydney’s North Shore. While its 2-hectare campus is a discrete, well-resourced and considered campus. Its facilities include a Junior School complex, Senior Girls’ Study and Recreation areas, Hall and Chapel, Performing Arts precinct (featuring an acoustic 350-seat auditorium, drama and recording studios), Creative Arts Centre, Library and technology centres, a heated swimming pool and outdoor sports courts. 

        • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 12
        • Gender: Girls
        • Religion: Non-denominational
        • Boarding: Yes
        • Extracurricular activities offered:  STEAM, Indigenous immersion learning tours, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Crusaders, clubs for Debating and Public Speaking, Robotics, Coding, Drama and Musical Productions, Music Tuition and Performance and Creative Arts. Roseville College offers an extensive sports program that encourages students of all abilities to participate in and enjoy sport.
        • Notable Alumni: Dr Jane Alver, Josi Ellem, Amelia Adams, Sue Lennox, Heidi Bayliss, Jessica Henry, Lucy Allen, Dr Stephanie Gardner, Rosemary Marriott AM, Emma Sholl, Michelle Cox.
        • Transport Options:
          • Train: Roseville College is a 7-minute walk from Roseville station on the North Shore train line, enabling a straight-forward commute from the Upper and Lower North Shore areas, as well as Lane Cove, Ryde, Northern Beaches and the Hills District.
          • Bus: Public bus access is available at Boundary Road, and state school buses service the College.
        • Scholarships:

          • Academic Scholarship for Year 7 Entry 
          • Academic Scholarship for Year 10 Entry
          • Academic Scholarship for Year 11 Entry
          • Music Scholarships for Year 7 Entry
          • Music Scholarships for Years 8-11 Entry
          • All Rounder Scholarships for Year 7 Entry
          • All Rounder Scholarships for Year 10 Entry
          • Roseville College Foundation (means-tested) Scholarship for Year 10 or Year 11 Entry
        • Fees: $19,000-$32,000. View fee schedule under enrolments.

        Roseville College Open Days & Tours

        • Open Day: The College’s Open Day is styled as a Learning Festival to showcase student engagement and learning at the school. In 2022, the Learning Festival is on Saturday 21 May from 12 – 4pm.
        • School tours: Their Registrar provides small group tours by appointment during term time. To book a tour, please visit their website.  

        Contact Roseville College

        Loreto Kirribilli

        Loreto Kirribilli

        About Loreto Kirribilli

        When you step through the front gates of Loreto Kirribilli’s harbourside campus, you will encounter what is warmly referred to throughout the community as the school ‘spirit’. Intangible, indefinable, it is this school spirit that creates a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere, where every student develops a deep sense of belonging to a rich community of faith.

        At the heart of Loreto Kirribilli is a culture of growth and excellence, where every student has the opportunity to flourish intellectually, culturally, socially and spiritually. Success is celebrated, and endeavour is championed. The aim is to develop lifelong learners who are collaborative, creative, critical thinkers, equipped to be positive agents for change in a constantly evolving world.

        From the moment the very youngest students are welcomed into the Kindergarten classroom, they are supported to grow the character strengths required to face adversity and embrace the unfamiliar, guided and inspired by their faith every step of the way.

        Loreto Kirribilli is blessed with a learning community where positive relationships flourish. A multi-faceted pastoral care model creates a culture of gratitude, in which each student comes to understand her responsibility to enhance both her own wellbeing as well as that of the community at large.

        The students of Loreto Kirribilli grow into women of courage who, with compassion and generosity, are determined to lead, to inspire, and to shape the future.

        • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 12
        • Gender: Girls
        • Religion: Catholic
        • Boarding: No
        • Extracurricular activities offered: Loreto Kirribilli offers a range of extra-curricular activities to students, such as:
          • Social Justice: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Councils for Human Rights, Environment, and Service
          • Sport: Athletics, Dance, Hockey, Netball, Taekwondo, Tennis, Basketball, Double Dutch Skipping, Cricket, Cross Country, Rowing, Softball, Snowsports, Swimming, Touch Football and Volleyball
          • Performing Arts: Music, Dance, Drama,
          • Oratory: Debating, Public Speaking, Mock Trial, Speech and Drama tuition
          • Stem Activities: Robotics, Code Club, Drone Racing, Coding
          • Academic Enrichment: Da Vinci Decathlon, Future Problem Solving, Ethics Olympiad, UN Evatt Model United Nations, Kids Lit Club, Lunchtime Talks
          • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
          • Cadets
          • Art and photography groups
          • Interhouse competitions including Music Festival, Dance Night, Debating, Theatresports, Swimming Carnival and Athletics Carnival
        • Notable Alumni: Tara Rigney (’17), Eliza Scanlen (’16), Katerina Kimmorley (’04), Grace Brennan (’01), Caro Meldrum-Hanna (’99), Rachel Grimes AM (’85), Frances Rush OAM (’79), Justice Julia Lonergan (’78), Helen Dalley (’74), Clover Moore (’60).
        • Transport Options: Loreto Kirribilli is extremely well connected and easy to access being centrally located close to bus, rail and ferry networks.
        • Scholarships: n/a
        • Fees: Please visit for more details.

        Loreto Kirribilli Open Days & Tours

        • On-site School Tours: Please visit for more details on upcoming tour dates.

        Contact Loreto Kirribilli

        Wenona School

        About Wenona School

        Celebrating excellence in girls’ education since 1886, Wenona is an independent, non-denominational day and boarding school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 in North Sydney, close to Sydney’s cultural centre.

        With 1,300 students, including 50 boarders, Wenona offers a rich array of academic and co-curricular opportunities within a close-knit, nurturing school community.

        Wenona’s vision is to provide an outstanding, global education for their students by developing a contemporary, innovative and engaged learning community, marked by a commitment to the inherent value and potential of every child. Wenona is committed to developing ‘Renaissance’ women who engage in a wide range of creative and physical pursuits, as well as compassionate, proactive and thoughtful service, underpinned by Wenona’s values of courage, strength, grace, wisdom and kindness. Wenona has a well-deserved reputation for academic and personal achievement, with the majority of students seeking a university pathway.

        • Ages: Kindergarten – Year 12
        • Gender: Girls
        • Religion: Non-denominational
        • Boarding: Yes
        • Extracurricular activities offered: performing arts (dance, speech and drama), sport (a full range of sports for Junior and Senior students), visual arts, cadets, outdoor education, debating, public speaking and service.
        • Transport Options:
          • Train: Wenona is located within walking distance of North Sydney train station, and the northern entrance of the new Victoria Cross Metro Station will be located next to their entrance on Miller Street North Sydney.
          • Private bus: School buses are provided by Transport NSW, and link Wenona with the wider area in which their students reside, including the lower North Shore, Lane Cove/Hunters Hill, Mosman and Northern Beaches areas. Ferries and trains bring students from the Inner West suburbs also.
        • Scholarships: Academic, Boarding, Music and a number of means-tested scholarships through their Foundation and Alumnae Association. Full details can be found on the Scholarships page of the Wenona website.
        • Fees: View fee schedule.

        Wenona School Open Days & Tours

        • Wenona’s Tour Mornings are scheduled for Thursday 11 May and Wednesday 25 May 2022. They provide regular small group tours throughout the year.

        Contact Wenona School

        Mount St Benedict College, Pennant Hills

        About Mount St Benedict College

        Mount St Benedict College is a leading Catholic, independent, girls high school in the Good Samaritan tradition, offering holistic education based on Benedictine values of Pax, Hospitality and Stewardship. Mount St Benedict College strives to ensure girls learn at their best, have strong connections, feel valued, respected and known, and their learning is relevant and interesting.

        Centrally located in Pennant Hills, the College has well-equipped learning spaces and facilities. The Hildegard Centre for Creative and Performing Arts was recently opened with high-quality learning and performing spaces with industry-standard technology featuring a performing arts space with full stage production facilities, music classrooms and tuition rooms and drama – dance – art studios.

        • Ages:  Year 7 – Year 12
        • Gender: Girls
        • Religion: Catholic
        • Boarding: No
        • Extracurricular activities offered:
          • Academy of Dance
          • Academy of Debating and Public Speaking
          • Academy of Drama
          • Academy of Music
          • Academy of Outdoor Education
          • Academy of Sport
          • Academy of Technology and Innovation
          • Global Enrichment Program
        • Notable Alumni: Julia Calixto (Journalist/Media), Catherine Cox (Australian Netballer and Media Personality), Mary Jerram (Former NSW State Coroner), Liane Moriarty (Author), Jaclyn Moriarty (Lawyer and Author), Jana Pitman (Athlete and Doctor)
        • Transport Options:
          • Private Bus: located in Pennant Hills, the College launched a private bus service at the beginning of 2021, providing a direct transport option for families living on the North Shore.
        • Scholarships:
          • The Sister Christopher Burrows Scholarship – This is a general academic scholarship offered to an incoming Year 7 student. The Scholarship will cover tuition fees for a six-year period from Year 7 to Year 12. More info.
          • The Sister Mary Hyacinth Roche Scholarship – This Scholarship will be offered to an incoming Year 7 student who is the daughter and/or granddaughter of an ex-student. The Scholarship will cover tuition fees for a six-year period from Year 7-12. In the spirit of Sister Mary Hyacinth Roche’s leadership, the successful applicant will be the student who best demonstrates to the Selection Committee evidence of their sense of community, discipline and commitment in their endeavours. More info.
        • Fees: $14, 836 (Year 7) to $14, 836 (Year 12). View fee schedule.

        Mount St Benedict College Open Days & Tours

        Mount St Benedict College is now enrolling Year 7 students for 2023 (girls currently in Year 6) and Year 7 students for 2024 (girls currently in Year 5). Families are encouraged to book to attend their Open Day on Sunday 6 March 10am – 2pm.

        College Tours are also available, and bookings are essential.

        Contact Mount St Benedict College

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        Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College North Sydney

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