The Presbyterian Ladies' College, Armidale (P.L.C Armidale) is an independent, Presbyterian, day and boarding school for girls. The school is located in Armidale, a large rural town with a population of 28,000 in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia.
P.L.C Armidale currently caters for approximately 400 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, including 80 boarders in Years 5 to 12. Enrolment at P.L.C Armidale is non-selective, and students from all races and religious affiliations are welcome. The college is affiliated with the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AIS NSW), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA) the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), and is an affiliate member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).
In 2006, P.L.C was named the top performing Higher School Certificate school in the New England region of New South Wales. Overall P.L.C Armidale ranked 114th in the State.
A group of Presbyterian businessmen purchased the school in 1938, and the following year it came under the financial support of the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. Subsequently, the school's name was changed to its current form, The Presbyterian Ladies' College, Armidale. In 1945, of land on North Hill were purchased, and following a fund raising campaign, the foundation stone of the new school buildings was laid in 1960. Since then, several building programmes have extended the facilities to their present form.
In late August 2005, due to financial troubles at the College, it was announced that P.L.C Armidale and the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney (P.L.C Sydney), would join to form an alliance, with both schools coming under the executive leadership of Dr William McKeith, the Principal of P.L.C Sydney. Members of the P.L.C Armidale Council formed part of the new joint school Council, essentially making the two P.L.C's true sister schools.
The aim of this alliance is to strengthen P.L.C Armidale through cooperative marketing, a change in management and a stronger financial base. It is also to be of benefit to both schools through student exchanges, accommodation for sporting events or excursions, and a 'country or city' option for prospective students. Both schools will maintain their separate identities in order to preserve the unique histories and traditions that both have developed over many years.
|1910 – 1938||Miss Anthea Collis Tendall|
|1938 – 1941||Dr Helen Isabella Wilkie, M.A., Ph.D. (Edinburgh) Principal of PLC Sydney 1942 – 1945|
|1942 – 1951||Miss Clarice Ashworth|
|1952 – 1953||Miss Kathleen Buchan|
|1954 – 1958||Miss E. Jean McColl|
|1959 – 1962||Miss D Joan Humby|
|1963 – 1968||Miss Belinda McCarthy|
|1969 – 1971||Acting Principal – Miss Dorothy Knox|
|1971 – 1978||Mrs Faye Morris-Yates|
|1979 – 1989||Miss Francis Parsons|
|1989 – 1997||Mrs Rosalyn Lindsay|
|1997 – 1999||Mrs Carole Tisdell|
|2000 – 2002||Dr Ness Goodwin|
|2002||Acting Principal – Mr Roderick West|
|2003 – 2005||Mrs Judith White|
|2005 – Present||Dr William T. McKeith AM, B.A., Dip. Ed. (Macquarie), M.A. (Sydney), M.B.A. (Leicester), Ed. D. (Leicester), F.A.C.E., F.A.I.M. Principal of P.L.C Sydney since 1986, Principal of both schools from 2005.|
P.L.C Armidale offers scholarships and bursaries that provide full or part remission of tuition fees to Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Academic scholarships are based on the results of the ACER Scholarship Examination, and are typically offered from Year 5 onwards. In addition to those awarded for academic performance, P.L.C also offers music and visual arts scholarships.
There are three other Presbyterian schools in New South Wales: