Northern Rivers' richest and most expensive schools revealed

THE Northern Rivers' richest school rakes in more than $95.9 million in three years, and parents wanting to send their kids to the region's most expensive school have to fork out $6702, tightly held school statistics reveal.

An independent analysis of school financial records from the MySchool website have shown the massive amount of money some schools make every year, and how little some schools are forced to scrape by on.

The figures revealed Southern Cross Public School in East Ballina had a higher gross income than any other school in the Northern Rivers region.

The school made a gross income of $95.9 million, according to financial records from the three most recently available years.

The region's second richest school was Trinity Catholic College Lismore, in Lismore, which had a gross income of $57.7 million.

The school with the third highest gross income was Xavier Catholic College Ballina, in Ballina, which made $45 million.

The figures include all fees, charges and parental contributions as well as State and Federal Government funding and any other private sources over the 2015, 2016 and 2017 years.

It does not include any deductions for capital works or debt servicing.

The analysis does not include special schools or schools that did not have complete financial data in MySchool for one or more of 2015, 2016 or 2017.

Doubtful Creek Public School, Doubtful Creek Public School, had the lowest gross income of any school in the Northern Rivers region. It made just $970,076 over the three year period.

The region's most expensive school was Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School in Mullumbimby, where the average amount parents had to fork out in fees, charges and contributions in 2017 was $6702.

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, in Byron Bay, had the Northern Rivers' second highest average parental contributions with $6472.

The school with the third highest parental contributions was Byron Community Primary School, where the average contribution was $6418.

Region's richest schools

Southern Cross Public School: $95.9 million


Trinity Catholic College Lismore: $57.7 million


Xavier Catholic College Ballina: $45 million


St John's College: $42 million


The Rivers Secondary College, Richmond River High Campus: $36 million


Byron Bay High School: $34.6 million


Casino High School: $34.3 million


Alstonville High School: $33.2 million


Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School: $31 million


Mullumbimby High School: $30.4 million


Region's poorest schools


Doubtful Creek Public School: $970,076


Upper Coopers Creek Public School: $1 million


Rukenvale Public School: $1.1 million


Tuntable Creek Public School: $1.1 million


Collins Creek Public School: $1.1 million


Whian Whian Public School: $1.2 million


Afterlee Public School: $1.2 million


Corndale Public School: $1.2 million


Goolmangar Public School: $1.3 million


Fernleigh Public School: $1.4 million


Region's schools that cost parents the most


Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School: $6702


Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School: $6472


Byron Community Primary School: $6418


Emmanuel Anglican College: $4481


St John's College: $4480


Trinity Catholic College Lismore: $4322


Vistara Primary School: $4027


Xavier Catholic College Ballina: $3567


Rainbow Ridge School for Steiner Education: $2689


Summerland Christian College: $2687

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