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Enrolment management plan background

Petrie Terrace State School faces ongoing enrolment capacity pressure due to the small school site and limited capacity for growth. As well as an increasing amount of high density housing within its catchment area, housing in the immediate area is increasingly owner-occupied by families with young children. At present the school provides education for students enrolling in Prep through to Year 6. The school maintains a philosophy of child centred learning and is known for its individualised instruction and inclusive education. The school has a Special Education Unit providing specialist support for students with a verified disability.

Rationale

Petrie Terrace State School recognises as its prime obligation the provision of access to an appropriate educational service for students resident within this community as defined by its local catchment area.

Because of enrolment capacity and growth Petrie Terrace State School may be unable to meet this obligation in future, unless action is taken now to manage enrolment.

This plan sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Petrie Terrace State School.

Enrolment capacity of school

The school currently has the capacity to enrol up to 238 students.

Local catchment area

The school’s enrolment capacity for students who live outside the local catchment is dependant upon:

  • the school’s enrolment capacity
  • catering for in-catchment enrolments
  • allowing for in-catchment growth during the year
  • ensuring an even spread of students across all year levels while maintaining class size targets

The local catchment area is based on equidistance boundaries with other schools.  The attached link calculates the area for which Petrie Terrace State School is the closest school by vehicular trafficable route.  Should this capacity change because of changes to road networks, this will be formally notified through the registration and gazettal of an amended plan including the operative date for the new catchment area.

Programs for students with disabilities are regional programs for students whose educational support needs are additional to, or different from, other students.  Students who live outside the catchment area and are verified with a disability can enrol in the school to attend the program if it is the closest program to their home and meets their individualised need.

To calculate if you reside within the school catchment, please access the provided map tool (external site)

Enrolment policy 

Students within catchment
Any student, whose principal place of residence is within the school’s catchment area/s, is  (subject to the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006) eligible for enrolment at the school. The school Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within the catchment area throughout the school year.

Proof of residency

Parents or legal guardians who wish to enrol their child at the school will need to demonstrate that the student’s principal place of residence is within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be provided by way of one of each of the following:
·         One primary source – a current lease agreement, or driver’s licence, or unconditional sale agreement, and
·         One secondary source – a utility bill (e.g. electricity, gas), or rates notice showing this same address and parent’s/legal guardian’s name
 
If the Principal is not satisfied that the documentation provided by an applicant demonstrates adequately that the address stated is the student’s principal place of residence, then the Principal may request further sources of proof of residence, such as an additional utility bill (e.g. water) showing the same address.
 
The Principal may also request a properly sworn Statutory Declaration from the enrolling parent or legal guardian attesting that the student’s principal place of residence is the place nominated in the enrolment application.
 
Applicants should note that a false statement / assertion about the student’s principal place of residence may amount to an offence and may be reported to police. The school Principal may repeal a decision to enrol a student in such circumstances.
 
Other students outside the catchment area deemed to be eligible for enrolment
The following groups of students will be deemed as eligible for enrolment, even though they may reside outside the school’s catchment area:
  • Children and young people who are subject to child protection orders that grant guardianship or custody to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety Services)
  • Siblings of current students at the school (excluding siblings of Program of Excellence students). Where a school has both a primary and secondary campus, siblings are only eligible to enrol in the same campus as the currently enrolled student
  • Students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by the school
  • Students who live outside the catchment area and are verified with a disability can enrol in the school to attend the specialised disability program if it is the closest program to their home and meets their individualised needs
  • Students who have been excluded from a school other than this school, dependent upon the conditions related to the exclusion, as determined by the Regional Director.
 
Out of Catchment Enrolments
 Enrolment of Students from outside the local catchment area will be managed to ensure that the total current and forecast enrolments do not exceed the school’s current capacity and, where applicable, will ensure there is an even spread of students across year levels or class groupings.
 
Students from outside the school’s catchment area applying for enrolment at that school are placed on a waiting list in order of receipt of application.

Acceptance and notification processes

Out of catchment enrolment applications will be recorded in order of receipt, by date and time. These applications will remain current only for the school year in which they are applying to enrol.
 
Decisions on Enrolment
 
The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments.
 
Where a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed, parents will be notified in writing. Parents may respond to the Principal’s preliminary view by making a submission to the Principal, no later than seven school days after receiving the preliminary view letter.
 
If no submission is received, the Principal’s preliminary view will be treated as the final decision and no further notice will be provided.
 
If a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a final decision. A final decision notice will be provided to the applicant as soon as is practicable. 
 
There is no internal review of the Principal’s decision.