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Glenwood High School

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Glenwood High School Enrolment Policy

Enrolling at Glenwood High School


These enrolment procedures have been developed to meet the needs of the local community and to comply with the department’s Enrolment of Students in NSW Government Schools policy.

Glenwood High School is renowned for providing outstanding educational opportunities where all students take pride in their achievements. We are a comprehensive high school committed to catering for students in our local areas. Glenwood High School has an outstanding reputation in the community for its academic, sporting, cultural and welfare programs that cater for the varied needs of the student population.

The school’s local area is determined by the Department of Education. In accordance with the Education Reform Act 1990, this school ensures that every eligible local child will have a place at Glenwood High School if they choose to enrol here.

Glenwood High School has four classes in the support unit. Enrolment into these classes is determined by a regional panel. For more information about placement in a support class contact the Principal of your current school.


Local Enrolment – Requirements

A local enrolment is a student whose permanent residence is situated within the designated local enrolment catchment area. Our local intake area boundaries and street names can be checked via School Finder. Note: Local enrolment areas are subject to change. If in doubt check with the school’s office.

·         Applicants residing in the local catchment area are required to submit 100 Point Identification of Residential Address (for all years) along with their Expression of Interest – Placement in Year 7 in a Government School form, birth certificate/passport etc. to determine the students entitlement to enrol at the school.

·         Applicants attending one of our Partner Primary Schools but not residing in the local catchment area should refer to non-local enrolments below.

·         An applicant residing in the school’s designated local area but not already attending a NSW government school should complete and submit an Application to Enrol. Applications may be submitted to the school at any time throughout the course of the year.

·         The school will seek evidence demonstrating local resident status for all enrolment applications through the provision of current original documents using the 100 Point Identification of Residential Address checklist.

·         Visa status of non-Australian citizens will be checked with regard to fees necessary to be paid to the Government - Temporary Resident Visa Unit.

·         Guardianship arrangements for enrolling students will need to be confirmed with the school via the student’s parents

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Non-local Enrolment

As outlined in the department’s enrolment policy, our school may only accept enrolments from outside our local enrolment area if places are available.

We will assess applications for non-local enrolment on a case-by-case basis.

When places are available, siblings of students attending Glenwood High School and students attending one of our Partner Primary Schools may be given priority as detailed in the criteria set out below.


Enrolment Cap

Every school with a designated intake area has a centrally set enrolment cap.

The cap is the number of students that can be enrolled based on the school's permanent accommodation and typical class sizes for the school type, taking in consideration the ability of schools to offer a range of curriculum choices for secondary students. Glenwood High School enrolment cap stands at 1080 students.

Schools that have exceeded their enrolment cap will not enrol non-local students, unless required by the Director Educational Leadership for exceptional circumstances.


Enrolment Buffer

The school maintains a buffer to cater for anticipated local demand, including new local arrivals who move into the local area for commencement at the beginning and throughout the school year. It is important to note that no additional accommodation (permanent or demountable) will be provided to cater for increased enrolments resulting from non-local placements. Department of Education policy states that "non-local placements must not generate demand for extra staff or create disruption to school routine".


Proof of Identity

You must provide us with evidence of student's residential status - birth certificate, passport and visa. If parents are born overseas, Passport, Visa or Citizenship certificates are required.

Residency and Proof of Residence

Residency refers to the address of the legal guardian with whom the student lives for the majority of the time. It does not refer to another member of the family, such as a grandparent, relative or a family friend. Student must be living in the School's Catchment Area at the time of application and at the time of commencement. In some cases, proof of guardianship will be requested.

Parent / Legal Guardians will be requested to provide documents which confirm your address within our catchment area. You will be required to provide documents that add up to a minimum of 100 points on the Residential proof checklist. These documents must be in the Parent/Legal Guardian name, for the current residential address and must be originals or certified true copies. In some circumstances the Enrolment Panel may request additional documentation to support enrolment applications. Statutory declarations signed by a Justice of the Peace may be requested. These are legal documents. Refer to the "False and misleading enrolment information and practices" section on this page.


False or misleading enrolment information or practices

The "Application to enrol in a NSW government school" requires the applicant to declare the information provided is correct. It also makes it clear the provision of false information can result in the enrolment being reversed. Any decision to reverse an enrolment needs to consider the specific circumstances of the matter. Including a determination if the student was an “out of area enrolment", and whether acceptance of the enrolment application has resulted in the student gaining entry at the expense of other prospective students. .

If a person knowingly provides materially false or misleading information to a school when making an application for enrolment, this may be an offence which has a penalty of up to 2 years imprisonment, $22,000 fine or both (Section 307B of the Crimes Act 1900).

If a person provides a statutory declaration he or she knows to be false for the purpose of gaining entry to a school, he or she commits an offence which has a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment (Section 25A of the Oaths Act 1900)


Non-local Enrolment Process

Due to the high demand for student placement at Glenwood High School the school receives a large number of non-local enrolment applications each year. It is usually not possible to accept such enrolments. However, parents wishing to apply for a non-local enrolment must apply to the Principal in writing giving their reasons or in the case of Year 7, the completion of the Expression of Interest application form stating reasons. The primary criteria for acceptance of non-local enrolments will include the availability of appropriate staff, our enrolment cap and permanent classroom accommodation. Glenwood High School is a school built for 1080 students.


·         Attendance at a partner primary school does not automatically qualify a student for enrolment at Glenwood High School.

·         Non-local students may be denied enrolment if their behaviour, upon investigation, has been violent and/or disruptive to the learning of other students or they present with poor attendance record.


Enrolment Panel

When convened an enrolment panel will comprise of the Deputy Principal responsible for that year group, one staff member and one school community member nominated by the Parents and Citizens Association. This panel will ensure the process is administered fairly and in accordance with DoE policy and the set criteria. The development of the criteria for the enrolment of non-local students is the responsibility of the enrolment panel. The panel is responsible for implementing the Glenwood High School enrolment procedures through a collaborative process of reviewing all applications for non-local placement.


Enrolment Panel for Non-Local Enrolments – Year 7

If required an enrolment panel considers and makes recommendations on non-local enrolment applications and convenes at times when demand for non-local places exceeds availability. The Placement Panel comprises

·         Deputy Principal responsible for Year 6 to 7 Transition – Chair

·         SASS member responsible for Year 6 to 7 Transition

·         Staff representative

·         Parent appointed by P&C Association

This panel is responsible for implementing the criteria for non-local placement, consistent with Department of Education guidelines. The panel is responsible for implementing the Glenwood High School Enrolment procedures through a collaborative process of reviewing all applications for non-local placement. 

The placement criteria for non-local applicants listed below will be used in order to determine if an offer of enrolment should be made. Unsuccessful students are to enrol in their local school.


Criteria for Non-local Enrolment Placement

If accommodation and staff are available, other significant criteria for non-local enrolment (not in priority order) will be:  

These may include (but do not guarantee the offer of a non-local placement):

·         Siblings currently attending Glenwood High School

·         Compassionate circumstances

·         Safety and supervision of student before and after school

·         Curriculum offerings of Glenwood High School to extend the special aptitudes of students

·         Commitment to Glenwood High School

·         Proximity and access to the school

·         Attendance at a partner primary school


Non-local Placement Years 8 - 12 Inclusive

Non-local applications for Years 8 - 12 will be considered by the Principal or delegate at the time of application.

If required an enrolment panel will:

·         Review the application in relation to the Criteria for Non-local Enrolment Placement.

·         Consult with the Deputy Principal of that year group in relation to the school’s curriculum and vacancies available.

·         Based on available information and with regard to available space/s in classes, the panel will recommend an interview or decline the application.

·         Successful applicants will be interviewed by the Principal for possible placement.



These are lodged against a decision made by the Enrolment Panel and are to be made in writing to the Principal who will seek to resolve the matter. If the matter is not resolved, further appeals are to be made to the Director Educational Leadership.