Our School

Footscray West Primary School is located in a culturally and economically diverse residential area in Melbourne’s Inner West.

We are lucky to have large grounds with many playing spaces, attractive and practical gardens and orchard areas; designated areas for art/craft, music, library and gymnasium; meeting rooms; outdoor learning areas; and a mix of refurbished heritage and more recent built learning spaces.


Grade Structure
Footscray West Primary School has straight year levels with one composite 1/2 class and one composite 3/4 class.


The junior school consists of stand-alone Prep, grade 1 and grade 2 with one composite 1 / 2 class.  Middle school has grade 3 and grade 4 classes with one composite 3/4 class. The senior school has single level grade 5 and grade 6 classes. This structure supports effective resource provision for all learners.


Children learn by participating in small teaching groups, problem-solving and co-operative learning groups. Social development is enhanced by the whole-school participation in the Tribes process.


The curriculum is supported by comprehensive assessment, ensuring the development and achievements of each child is monitored and documented.

The Homework Policy is in line with Department of Education and Training (DET) guidelines.


Junior School homework consists mainly of oral reading tasks, which parents are encouraged to share. Other simple tasks and projects are set within team planning.


In the Middle and Senior Schools homework may take the form of:

  • Projects
  • Spelling tasks
  • Activities designed to reinforce class work
  • Unfinished work
  • Independent reading

School Times

There are four school terms in a year. The school year runs from late January until mid-December. Current dates are available on the Calendar.


During their first month Preps attend Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


School hours are 9:00am – 3:30pm. Preps’ first day ONLY is 9:00am-12:30pm
Bell Times
9:00am  School starts (Assembly Mondays).

11:30am-12:00pm  Morning recess – snack taken and eaten outside

1:40pm  Lunch eaten under supervision (inside classroom)

1:50-2:40pm  Lunch break

3:30pm  Dismissal


The playground is supervised 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after school hours. Children should not be left unattended in the playground outside of these hours. Before and After School Care is provided on site by TheirCare.  All enquiries need to be directed to TheirCare.  For further information go to: www.theircare.com.au


Children who arrive late to school must report to the office to sign in and receive a Late Pass.


There are many opportunities for both formal and informal school-parent communication, such as reports, meetings, assemblies, newsletters, and through participation in school activities.


Open, constructive communication between school, home, and the community is essential to maintaining the friendly, nurturing environment that exists at Footscray West Primary School.


A copy of the FWPS Annual report to the Community is available online.

Footscray West has a compulsory uniform policy. Wearing uniforms reduces unnecessary competition and reinforces a sense of belonging and school identity. A special commemorative top is available for Grade 6 students to acknowledge their final year.


Uniform Policy


Items can be ordered/purchased from PSW.


PSW Deer Park, Unit 2, 51-53 Westwood Drive Ravenhall VIC 3023     


Phone: 03 9768 0342

Website: www.psw.com.au


Footscray West is a Sun Smart school. There is a NO HAT- NO OUTSIDE PLAY policy from the 1st September until 30th April, each year.  This is because the sun is lower in winter resulting in low UV index.
Essential Items / School Fees
The Essential Items Fee covers all student resources, such as books, digital technologies, art, sports, and writing materials.


All fees are payable at the start of the year. Families may opt to make periodic payments. Fees are set by School Council and are kept as low as possible.


Check the FWPS school policy page or contact the office for current fees.


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