A child residing permanently in the neighbourhood area has the right to attend Doncaster Secondary College unless already enrolled in a secondary school. In general, the designated neighbourhood school as defined by the Department of Education and Training, is the secondary college that is nearest in a straight line from the student’s permanent residential address. However some schools like Doncaster Secondary College have a designated neighbourhood boundary (see map) and in this instance you need to reside within the boundary line, regardless of any distance rule. The student must be living with the parent or guardian* at the permanent address or spend a substantial part of their time at that address. The permanent residential address is defined as one where:
- The home is owned by the parent or guardian
- The home is under purchase
- The home is leased from a Registered Estate Agent for a minimum of 12 months from the time a child is to commence
The status of ‘permanent residence’ must be proven to the College’s satisfaction, so evidence of the above will be required to authenticate residence, particularly with regard to leased properties. Other evidence may be required and a home visit may be conducted. Any misleading or inaccurate claims will lead to the application being rejected or withdrawn at a later date.
* A parent/guardian is defined as one who has been legally appointed to take responsibility for the student making the application for enrolment.
The admissions process varies slightly for each intake, but each application goes through a number of stages (outlined below).