The school is a co-educational primary school in a low socio-economic community in the outer south western suburbs of Sydney. All students live in social housing. Many students come from single parent families and unemployment is high. Approximately 26% of children are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and 17% are Pacific Islander. Other cultural groups are also represented. John Warby Public School provides many supports for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community including a cultural room for their use, strong links with Housing and Health, the local TAFE, an Indigenous student mentoring program and an Indigenous choir, dance and music group.