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Enrolments

Rationale

Stretton State College recognises as its prime obligation the provision of access to an appropriate educational service for students resident within this community as defined by its local catchment area.

Because of enrolment capacity and growth Stretton State College may be unable to meet this obligation in future, unless action is taken now to manage enrolments.

The following sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Stretton State College.  The complete Enrolment Management Plan is available via the link on this page.

Enrolment capacity of school

The school currently has the capacity to enrol up to 2330 students. The number of students entering the Prep year in any given year is not to exceed 150 students in 6 classrooms unless there are more than 150 students enrolling from within the catchment area.

Local catchment area

The school's enrolment capacity for students who live outside the local catchment is dependant upon:

  • the school's enrolment capacity
  • catering for in-catchment enrolments
  • allowing for in-catchment growth during the year
  • ensuring an even spread of students across all Year levels while maintaining class size targets

The local catchment area is based on equidistance boundaries with other schools. The catchment map, available via the link on this page, defines the boundary area for which Stretton State College is the closest school by vehicular trafficable route. Should this alter due to changes to road networks, this will be formally notified through the registration and gazettal of an amended plan including the operative date for the new catchment area.

Programs for students with disabilities are regional programs for students whose educational support needs are additional to, or different from, other students. Students who live outside the catchment area and are verified with a disability can enrol in the school to attend the program if it is the closest program to their home and meets their individualised need.

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Enrolment Policy

All students who reside within the local catchment area and are eligible for enrolment in the educational program offered by the school have a right to enrolment at the school. The Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within the catchment boundary throughout the school year.

Enrolment of students from outside the local catchment area will be managed to ensure that the total current and forecast enrolments do not exceed the school's current built capacity and where applicable will ensure there is an even spread of students across Year levels or class groupings.

The school's enrolment management plan does not replace other departmental policy; for example Safe, Supportive and Disciplined School Environment, nor does it override subsequent determinations regarding built school capacity.

Enrolment criteria
Students who reside outside the school's local catchment boundary who apply for enrolment at the school will be put on a waiting list in order of receipt of application. Where there is spare capacity, students will be enrolled from the waiting list based on the following criteria and order of priority:
 
·       Siblings of students already enrolled
·       Children and young people who are subject to child protection orders that grant guardianship or custody to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities (Child Safety Services).
·       Students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by the school.
·       The College's Lighthouse Academic Excellence Program is supported through the allocation of a defined number of places. Places in the Lighthouse Academic Excellence Program will only be available to out of catchment enrolments once the demand for in catchment enrolment has been met.
·       The Football Academy Excellence Program is supported through the allocation of a defined number of places.  Places in the Football Academy Excellence Program will only be available to out of catchment enrolments once the demand for in catchment enrolment has been met. 
·       Students who reside outside the catchment area and who officially leave the school will be considered for re-admission in accordance with the enrolment criteria.
·       Any remaining students residing outside the catchment area.
Proof of Residency
Parents who wish to enrol their child/ren at Stretton State College under the School Enrolment Management Plan will need to demonstrate that the child/ren to be enrolled, reside within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be provided by way of one of each of the following
  • One primary source - a current lease agreement, rates notice or driver's license, or unconditional sale agreement and
  • One secondary source - a utility bill (e.g. electricity or gas) showing the same address. 
If the Principal is not satisfied that the documentation provided by an applicant demonstrates adequately that the address stated is the student’s principal place of residence, then the Principal may request further sources of proof of residence.
Applicants should note that a false statement / assertion about the student's principal place of residence may amount to an offence and may be reported to police. The school Principal may repeal a decision to enrol a student in such circumstances.
Acceptance and notification processes
Applications for admission into Years Prep - 12 for in catchment enrolments will be accepted each year from the beginning of Term 1 for enrolment to commence from the beginning of Term 1 the following year.
Applications will remain current only for the year of submission.
At point of interview in Term 4 applicants will be required to provide proof of residency in the catchment area for the application to proceed.
Decisions on Enrolment
The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments.
 
Where a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed, applicants will be notified in writing. Applicants may respond to the Principal's preliminary view by making a submission to the Principal, no later than seven (7) school days after receiving the preliminary view letter.
If no submission is received, the Principal's preliminary view will be treated as the final decision and no further notice will be provided.
If a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a final decision. A final decision notice will be provided to the applicant as soon as is practicable. There is no internal review of the Principal's decision
Review date
This School Enrolment Management Plan of Stretton State College was gazetted on 5 September, 2016.
 
The School EMP is internally reviewed each year, and if required, updated to reflect any changes to Student Enrolment Capacity and/or Programs of Excellence.