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 Any misleading or inaccurate claims will lead to the application being rejected or withdrawn at a later date.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.
How Offers Are Made
The admissions process varies slightly for each intake, but each application goes through a number of stages (outlined below).
Primary schools are responsible for managing the application process in the first instance and will distribute forms for parents to complete.
If you would like your son or daughter to attend Doncaster Secondary College, it is important to list the College as your first preference.
Positions are allocated according to guidelines issued by the North Eastern Victoria Region. Students are selected to the College according to the following order:
- Students who reside in our local neighbourhood zone (automatic)
- Students who have a sibling claim (where the sibling will continue to be enrolled at the College in the following year and who reside permanently with their sibling)
- Proximity to the College
Enquiries should be directed to the Enrolment Officer on 9848 4677 or to firstname.lastname@example.org
A simple guide to parents/carers seeking information on how to enrol their Grade 6 child in a secondary school:
The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides government schools with a timeline for the Transition to Year 7 enrolment process.
- When your child is in Grade 6, your Primary School will issue the ‘Transition to Year 7’ application form and information, late in Term 1 of the Grade 6 year.
- Parents must complete this form, and then return it to your Primary School, by the due date.
- Primary Schools will then forward all applications to the relevant secondary school in accordance with the Department of Education and Training guidelines.
- Mid-August is when families will receive notification from the Primary School, advising what secondary school your child has a place at, for the coming year.
Please Note: All communication is via your Primary School throughout this process and is different to the school’s enrolment process on a day to day basis.
Demand for entry to Doncaster Secondary College at all levels is high. Our College is your neighbourhood school if it is the closest state government secondary college to your permanent residence in a straight line to the College boundary. Places are offered to those students who move into the area with their parent/s during the school year. If the student already lives in our local area and is attending a school, a place will be offered in the following year. Applications for enrolment for students who live outside our neighbourhood area are only offered if there are vacancies. The number of vacancies varies from year to year and between the year levels. Enquiries should be directed to the relevant.
ENQUIRY AND APPLICATION
Enrolment enquiries and applications can be submitted in hardcopy or via the School website. Due to the volume of applications received, we encourage early applications.
Applications must be submitted with required documents;
- proof of residency,
- copy of birth certificate/ passport,
- copy of visa where applicable, and
- most recent school report.
Submitted applications are assessed against a range of criteria including:
- Family or other association with the School
- Date of application
- Academic record
- Interests and activities of the student
OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE
Around 18 months before commencement, offers will be made to successful applicants. To proceed, offers must be accepted by the requested date. Unsuccessful applicants will remain on the waiting list in the case that vacancies become available.
CONFIRMATION AND COMMENCEMENT
One year before commencement, future students will be asked to confirm their intention to start. Each campus offers orientation activities to welcome students to our School community.