Enrolments at primary and secondary schools in the West Pilbara have continued to grow, with more than 75 per cent of schools recording an increase in their semester 1 numbers this year when compared to 2018.

Department of Education semester 1 enrolment figures released this month show all schools in the region bar four have higher figures than last year.

Karratha Senior High School has once again recorded the highest increase and now has 1179 students enrolled, an additional 66 on top of 2018.

KSHS principal Jennifer McMahon said there was a lot of positive activity in the City of Karratha so if the school continued to grow, they would be ready to accept all students.

“We will continue to ensure we have ample facilities to cater for increasing numbers,” she said.

“Parents can feel confident when they enrol their child, we will work together to ensure their child experiences success in education and has choices and opportunities for their life beyond school.”

The other most notable growth came from Wickham Primary School as it took on an additional 48 students, taking numbers to 311 and making it one of only three primary schools in the area with more than 300 students.

WPS principal Mark Donaldson said the increase was not because of growth in the town but because families have come back to the school due to positive changes being made.

“We have had a lot of students return to us from other schools in the area,” he said.

“The school has seen a lot of change over a five-year period and we are now seen as one of the positives of living in Wickham.”

Department of Education numbers for other public schools showed enrolments at Tambrey Primary School grew by 30, Tom Price Primary School by 24 and Baynton West Primary School by 20.

Paraburdoo Primary School lost the most number of students, with 28 fewer registered this year, while Dampier Primary and Exmouth and Roebourne District High Schools all recorded slightly lower numbers.

Student numbers at other schools in the City of Karratha and Shire of Ashburton were all steady on recent years.