Principal's Message

There are a number of factors rather special about The Essington School Darwin. As a parent initiated and owned school in the Northern Territory, it is different to other schools that are operated by the Department of Education and religious groups or churches.

Since its establishment twenty-six years ago, The Essington School Darwin was unique in the Northern Territory education scene using the international Montessori model of education in its Preschool. This provided a solid early years education foundation that was built on in the primary and middle years with an accelerated Australian curriculum. To further enhance our Australian curriculum offering, we used aspects of international curricula to further extend our students.

Nineteen years ago when few Australian schools were looking internationally, The Essington School Darwin was a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS). This gave the school access to a large number of accredited leading international schools and their curricula and pedagogy. When ECIS restructured to create a separate group to service international schools in Australasia called the Council of International Schools (CIS), our school was a founding member of this group.

From 2013 we formalised our use of international curricula by being accredited by Cambridge Universities Cambridge Education branch to be a Cambridge International School. At the time, we were the sixth school in Australia to be accredited by Cambridge Education, and the only Australian school accredited to offer their international programs from primary to senior secondary years.

The value of delivering the Australian curriculum at a high level while enhancing it with international education curricula and programs is borne out in our student results on national and international assessments. Our students perform consistently ‘Significantly Above’ the Australian school average in most areas which is an outstanding achievement. The School’s seamless education model from Preschool to Year 12 is now delivering exceptional student outcomes in the Year 12 NT Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) results.

We welcome you to The Essington School Darwin.

David Cannon
Principal/CEO