Sydney Catholic Schools is responsible for the leadership, efficient operation and management of the systemic schools which educate around 71,000 students in 150 parish primary and regional secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
The allocation and administration of the funds provided by government and private sources for the operation of Catholic schools is a further responsibility of SCS. Its financial responsibilities extend to the administration of salaries for approximately 9,000 staff members (permanent, temporary and casual) employed in Archdiocesan schools and offices.
SCS, through its Central and three Regional Offices, provides to schools a wide range of services and resources, which have been developed in consultation with Principals and teachers.
It works with schools in implementing its strategic improvement plan ‘New Horizons: Inspiring Spirits and Minds’. The main focus for SCS is providing support for schools and helping to ensure that every student receives a high-quality Catholic education.
The Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools is Dr Dan White. He is assisted by a Leadership Team consisting of Regional and Central Office Directors.
The Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools (SACS) Board advises and assists the Executive Director in educational matters pertaining to systemic Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney. The Board provides leadership and overall direction to ensure the existence of “an effective system of education at all levels which contributes to the total educational needs of young people in Catholic schools.” (‘The Catholic School’, Rome, 1977, p 9)
The SACS Board makes major policy decisions, approves the income and expenditure budget, and holds SCS accountable for the management of the school system.