Jump to content

Tips for out of area enrolment


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Bec1981

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

DDs fyos will be in 2014. We live in Sydney. We live in a highish socio-economic area, our local public primary is tiny. Less than 30 kids, there are only two classes k-2 and 3-6. A lot of parents I've spoken to think we are lucky and DD will have a great education with small class sizes  

We don't think this school will suit DD. the director at her Kindy said "oh don't to that, going to a small school would kill her". I agree DD needs to be surrounded by people, the more the merrier. So we want to send her to an out of area school one 5 min drive or the other 10 min drive.

Our director said we might have more luck as we are applying due to her local school not being suitable rather than trying to send her to a school in a better area.

I had heard that they don't want to know about you until the year before you start so have not contacted the schools yet. We recently did the 4 year old health check at the gp and she said DD is ready to start school now. Should I give a copy of this report to the school when I apply to show them that DD should be an easy kid to have in the school.

Has any one got into an out of area school?  What do you think for you in?  Any advice?

Thank you

#2 Mamabug

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:56 AM

We did. You need to call the school and there is a form you need to fill in.

Some schools also require an interview.

There are certain criteria to meet to request out of area, try and address the ones that apply as clearly as possible. Get a report from the daycare to support your view that she would need the stimulation/challenge of a greater cohort than available at your area school.

(in my case it was access to childcare that suited my work hours - the kids already went to a centre that also provided b/a school care that was right across the road from a public school. There were no other centres in the area that opened at 6am, which allowed me to get to work by 7.30am.)


#3 No girls here

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

It might also be worth talking to the school about whether they do offer many out of area places.  I know of at least 4 schools in my area that are just not accepting out of area placements because of the large number of in area enrolments.

#4 qak

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

Our local (out of area) school had a specific application period for out-of-area placements.  From memory it was around May of the year before.  You will need to contact the actual schools to see what their requirements are.  

I suggest you will want to come across as a parent/family the school will want - ie willing to contribute time, being active in the community and so on.  Also pickup and deliver the forms in person so the office staff can check you out!

#5 sophiasmum

Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

We applied & got accepted into an out of are school (didn't end up going there in the end) & the reasons we stated were such as bus from our door to the school was available rather than having to walk to the other school. Before & after school care available for when I work as opposed to the other school who only offered after school care. But in the end we chose the other, smaller school for different reasons, & have been very happy there.

#6 tibs

Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

Wow I've never heard of such a small school in Sydney!  One of our local primaries has 1000 students and the rest 600-700!!!  But our area is like that described by a PP, nigh on impossible to get in out of area.  If you live in area and move out before your younger children start school they won't even take the siblings as they are out of area sad.gif

#7 mumto3princesses

Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:07 PM

I would give them time to settle in with the new school year and current enrolements and then ask them. As pp said some schools wont accept out of area enrolement applications no matter what. Then others may take them about 2nd term while others may take them earlier. Some will want an interview and others wont.

We used to be out of area for the primary school when DD#1 started. I just stated my reasons for want her to go there and had no problem. But I heard they had a huge intake of in area students the following year and if she had started school then, then they wouldn't have been able to take her. We were also out of area when DD#2 & DD#3 started but they got in easily enough because DD#1 was there. But we initially wanted another primary school as they had an excellent reputation but they wont accept out of area applications no matter what your reasons are.

Wow tibs, they are seriously huge primary schools!! Our primary school usually has around 360.



#8 qak

Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

What is your local public school? I am amazed there are any that small in Sydney, thought it would have been closed by now! That's another reason you can give on your out of area form wink.gif

#9 Bec1981

Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

Thank you for your comments so far. I heard that one of the schools didn't take out of area until a few years ago.

I heard there was 22 students at our local primary school this past year. I went on to the myschool website and checked the previous years enrolments

2008. 49
2009. 42
2010. 34
2011. 29
2012. 22

Looks like it might be closing soon. It looks like a country school from their very informative website. Lots of garden beds and paddocks.



#10 tibs

Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:13 PM

QUOTE (mumto3princesses @ 11/01/2013, 04:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow tibs, they are seriously huge primary schools!! Our primary school usually has around 360.


Yep bigger than I'd like, the one with 1000 has the OC classes for the area (Hills District) and you can't get in out of area for love or money but the others are also big and getting bigger.

#11 tibs

Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

QUOTE (qak @ 11/01/2013, 04:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What is your local public school? I am amazed there are any that small in Sydney, thought it would have been closed by now! That's another reason you can give on your out of area form wink.gif


I actually wouldn't say that.  In my pursuit of an out of area spot several of the principals I spoke to said they would be reluctant to be seen to be 'poaching' students from schools with declining numbers as it can mean loss of teachers and downgrading of the school's budget and as the principals see one another at area meetings such undermining of colleagues is frowned upon.  They will take out of area students zoned for these schools but you need a watertight reason that the principal can defend e.g. no before and after school care at the small school.  So maybe use the unsuitability of the small school on your application but don't give possible closure as a reason because you getting accepted out of area would be making that more likely  wink.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

'I thought I was an only child'

Imagine meeting your double at a school sports event, or regularly being mistaken for someone you haven't met. Separated twins Margaret and Joy tell their story.

Mums reveal their nappy bag essentials

Ever wondered what other mums carry in their nappy bags? We have, so we asked mums to tell us their must-have nappy bag items.

Toddler died because he wasn't given antibiotics soon enough

A 15-month-old boy would almost certainly be alive today if doctors had given him antibiotics sooner, a coroner has ruled.

VIDEO: moment a toddler falls on to train tracks in Melbourne

Shocking footage has emerged capturing the moment a pram carrying a toddler rolled off a platform and onto train tracks in suburban Melbourne.

Sold on natural birth? Read the fine print

In the excitement and anticipation of a first pregnancy, I ignored the fine print: some women, some of the time.

Child with alcoholic mum who drank while pregnant won't win pay-out

A young child is not entitled to criminal injuries compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant.

Superbugs killing India's babies, posing wider threat

A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, tens of thousands of newborns dying because antibiotics no longer work.

Can you teach a toddler to sleep in?

Parents share their tips on getting their early risers to sleep in, even for just a little bit longer.

Keeping your relationship on track as new parents

About 70 per cent of couples experience a slump in their relationship within three years of having a baby. Here's how we tried to get back on track.

America's favourite baby names of 2014

Americans are turning to television, Netflix and sports for ideas for what to name their wee ones.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.