Crown Street Public School is an oasis in the inner city, situated near Oxford Street and Taylor Square. Its impressive Victorian Gothic facade belies the fact that it is a school. Established in 1849 and moving into its grand new building in 1879 makes it one of the oldest continuing schools in Australia. The school's mission statement states that "Crown Street Public School aims to provide an equitable and excellent primary education in a positive, caring, secure learning environment which caters for individuals of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds". In addition, Crown Street Public School is a school with a long and proud tradition of tolerant and non-violent behaviour. There is an underlying atmosphere of autonomy and responsibility in which children grow and learn.