Feb 25, 2012

Restricted enrolment schools (Melbourne Eastern Region)


Due to facility limitations, Eastern Metropolitan Region has a number of schools with enrolments restricted in various ways. These schools are not required to enrol students outside their neighbourhood area unless they have spare places. They are referred to as having an enrolment ceiling and/or a designated neighbourhood area (formerly known as zones). 

Any additional students must be enrolled strictly according to Department of Education and Early Childhood Development priority criteria.

SCHOOLS WITH AN APPROVED ENROLMENT UNDERSTANDING

Designated Neighbourhood Area

In some instances the Regional Director may need to restrict new enrolments at a particular school and will therefore specifically designate the neighbourhood area (formerly referred to as a zone).  Children who live outside the Designated Neighbourhood Area cannot be guaranteed a place at that school even if it is their closest neighbourhood school.  The the following schools have an apporved Designated Neighbourhood Area:
  • Canterbury Primary School
  • Chatham Primary School
  • Hawthorn West Primary School
  • Heany Park Primary School
  • Karoo Primary School
  • Lysterfield Primary School
  • Park Ridge Primary School
  • Rowville Primary School
Please note that DEECD may need to review these areas according to changing accommodation pressures.  These boundaries may therefore be subject to change.

Enrolment Ceilings

The Regional Director may need to restrict new enrolments at a particular school by setting an Enrolment Ceiling.  The school can only take a specific number of enrolments each year.  Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school will be enrolled first.  Other enrolments will be considered according to DEECD priority criteria.  For these schools, the designated neighbourhood school is defined as the school that is nearest to a student’s permanent residential address in a straight line distance.  The following schools have an approved Enrolment Ceiling:

Primary
Secondary
Balwyn North Primary School
Box Hill High School
Camberwell Primary School
Camberwell High School
Doncaster Gardens Primary School
East Doncaster Secondary College
Eastwood Primary School
Fairhills High School
Glen Iris Primary School
Glen Waverley Secondary College
Kent Park Primary School
Koonung Secondary College
Kew Primary School
Mount Waverley Secondary College
Kew East Primary School
Norwood Secondary College
Lilydale Primary School
Ringwood Secondary College
Mont Albert Primary School
Vermont Secondary College
Rangeview Primary School
Wantirna College
Surrey Hills Primary School
Warrandyte High School
Vermont Primary School

Wheelers Hill Primary School

Wonga Park Primary School

Yarra Road Primary School

Designated Neighbourhood Area AND Enrolment Ceiling

In some instances the Regional Director may need to restrict new enrolments at a particular school and will therefore specifically designate the neighbourhood area and set an enrolment ceiling.  Children who live within the Designated Neighbourhood Area will be guaranteed enrolment at the school if they wish to attend.  Children who live outside the Designated Neighbourhood Area will not be guaranteed a place at that school even if it is their closest neighbourhood school.  The the following schools have an apporved Designated Neighbourhood Area and Enrolment Ceiling:
Primary
Secondary
Auburn South Primary School
Balwyn High School
Hartwell Primary School
Kew High School

Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College

Community Schools

Community schools do not have designated neighbourhood areas but may have discretionary or specific enrolment procedures.  Please contact the school for further information.
  • Sherbrooke Community School has an enrolment ceiling and has discretionary enrolment procedures.  They must enrol all students according to a process agreed with Eastern Metropolitan Region.
  • Croydon Community School has no ceiling but has discretionary enrolment procedures.

Specialist Schools

Specialist schools do not have designated neighbourhood areas but may have discretionary or specific enrolment procedures.  Please contact the school for further information.
  • Bulleen Heights School is a specialist school with specific enrolment requirements.  It has an enrolment ceiling and must enrol all students according to a process agreed with Eastern Metropolitan Region.  This school, like other specialist schools, has specific entry criteria.
  • Wantirna Heights School is a specialist school with specific enrolment requirements.  It has an enrolment ceiling and must enrol all students according to a process agreed with Eastern Metropolitan Region.  This school, like other specialist schools, has specific entry criteria.

* Information extracted from Boroondara Network.

13 comments:

  1. I'm trying to put together a map of Melbourne's school zones. Currently, I'm just showing the zone without taking into account any designated neighborhood area. I'll update my map with the data you provide here. Do you any idea how to get hold of a complete list of schools with restricted zones in Melbourne?

    Here is a link to my map: Melbourne School Zones

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    1. If it is really your map, then you did a great job as I am using it all the time while searching for a new house. Are you planning to do the same for secondary schools as at the moment this option is not available. Thanks again. Cheers, Aleksandra

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    2. Thanks Aleksandra. It is indeed my map. Unfortunately, I'm too busy these days and simply don't have the time to add secondary schools to the map. Still, it is definitely planned to be added at some point in the future .

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  2. I don't. I guess one way is to visit each school's website and find out each one's restriction.

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  3. It looks like that's the only way. By the way, Lysterfield Primary School don't have a restricted zone anymore.

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  4. Igal and Jack - This is a fantastic link and zone map, interactive for new settlers in Melbourne. Would you happen to have the zone for secondary/high schools soon? This will help me a parent with one about to go high school and another in primary.

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    1. I'm really busy these days, no idea when I'll have the time to add secondary schools to the map. This might help with NAPLAN results: Your School

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    2. Just wanted to let you know that secondary schools were added to the map.

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    3. Hi Igal, thanks for your time in putting this zone map together. I have just gone to the link above to check out the secondary schools, but it seems to still only show the primary schools :) Do you have another link for secondary? Thanks!

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    4. By default only primary schools are shown. On the upper left corner there is a settings button. Click it, and you'll see the option to show secondary schools.

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  5. Christine - I'm planning to register my gal at vermont sec college. Is the vermont primary zone applicable to vermont sec college?

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    1. Both Vermont Primary and Vermont Secondary College do not have a restricted zone (they do have enrollment ceilings). You can read more at the school's websites:
      http://www.vermontps.vic.edu.au/enrolmentpdf/Enrolment%20Policy%202013.pdf
      http://www.vermontsc.vic.edu.au/enrolment

      So, you'll be able to enroll your child at Vermont Secondary if it is the closest secondary school to your residence. In other words, Vermont Primary zone is not applicable.

      You can see an approximated zone of the school on this map I made:
      Melbourne School Zones

      If you want to be absolutely sure, you'll have to contact the school.

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