There are lots of great public schools, and, as always, some not so good ones. The above schools mentioned are good. Also as is Abermein (if you're going towards the Kurri kurri area). I'm not sure about Wallsend...i know the high school has a bad reputation. Also, where I live, the 2 schools in Mayfield arn't very desirable. As with most area's usually the higher the socio ecomomic status of that area means a 'better' (I don't like using that word) school.No matter where you go there will always be wonderful teachers and there will always be bully kids!