Lockleys Primary School has a very proud history of educating young people through the generations. The tradition of education at Lockleys started in 1916. Our school is a very friendly and community minded school, located in the western suburbs of Adelaide just 8km from the Central Business District and immediately adjacent to the Adelaide Airport. We are located over 2 sites. We have plenty of open space for learning. We encourage diversity and have over 30 countries of birth represented among our students.
We offer a learning program that comprehensively covers the curriculum in a smaller school environment underpinned by enterprise and environmental education. Our school averages an enrolment of 110 students each year. In a smaller school no-one goes unnoticed and everyone knows everyone by name. We believe that another major asset at Lockleys is having very strong school and family links and, we believe in catering for all students.
Due to our location, we have a small number of enrolments. Directly opposite us we have the large and prestigious Kooyonga Golf Course. Adjacent, we have the Adelaide Airport, IKEA, Export Park and the Burbridge Business District. These businesses, services and facilities occupy the land other schools would normally have for residential purposes.
Lockleys is well resourced and offers learning utilising Information Technology equipment and programs, including online, iPads and laptops. We also have a vibrant chicken house and vegetable garden in our yard, which the students manage. This provides authentic learning outdoors.
Our learning program includes an Early Years Centre focusing on play based learning and incorporates Jolly Phonics and Natural Maths.
We have a Senior Years section of the school which houses our years 5-7 students.
Our Resource Centre & Library acts as a literacy centre promoting reading and the Big 6 literacy skills.
Playgroup occurs in the “Well” on Thursday mornings to cater for our younger community and their parents/caregivers.
EALD (Women with English as an Additional Language or Dialect) takes place in the “Well” on Wednesday mornings.
Visitors are always welcome to come and see Lockleys Primary School for themselves. I host school tours on an individual basis – tour dates Wednesday.
Please feel free to contact the front office staff on (08) 8443 6103 and make an appointment.
History of Lockleys Primary School
The Lockleys Public School was opened in January 1916, when most of the children transferred from Fulham School, which closed in 1915. At that time Lockleys was the only school situated in the area from Thebarton to the sea. Approximately 243 children were enrolled in the first year. Mr Hubert Moss was the first Headmaster and Walter R. B. Forwood was the first enrolled student.
In 1918, the main brick building comprising 5 classrooms was built. We know this building today as ‘The Heritage Building’ even though it is not heritage listed.
In 1950, the oval was established and was watered by the Principal of the time riding his bike around the oval with a hose.
The school had an enrolment of 992 children at its height in 1959, but with other schools opening around the local area, the enrolments naturally declined over the ensuing years.
In 1972 the ‘Open Space Unit’ was first put into use and the oval had an electric pump and sprinkler system installed using reclaimed water.
The Gymnasium was built in 2009, the first as part of the Building for Education Revolution project in the state.
In 2012, a wireless IT network was installed, with laptops and iPads.
Today we have a vastly multicultural population with over 20 countries of birth represented amongst our 150 students.
Lockleys has seen many advancements in education throughout its history. From slate, to ink wells, to ball point pen to iPads. Many thousands of students have attended Lockleys since 1916, and today we carry on the proud history.