Destination High Schools

The Destination High Schools report provides information on a primary school’s destination high schools, i.e. the high schools that the students went to in Year 7.

This report is available to schools.

How will this report benefit me?

School-based staff can view the destination high schools for a primary school. Staff can use this information to understand where parents are choosing to send primary students for high school and whether these choices are changing over time.

What does the Destination High School report provide?

The following visualisations are available in this report:

Top Destination High Schools

  • This column chart displays the top 10 destination high schools for the selected primary school. Note that there may be more than 10 schools displayed where 2 or more schools are equal 10th.
  • 10 years of historical data will eventually be included, however the earliest year displayed is 2011. This is due to unavailability of high-quality data prior to this year.
  • Some schools and years have a column labelled “unknown”. This means the students went to interstate/overseas high schools, or they did not do the NAPLAN 7 assessment, so a future record was not found for them. For example schools near the border with another state will have a large unknown component. This indicates that students may have gone to a high school in the state across the border. Due to privacy reasons we only receive NAPLAN data for NSW.

School Contribution %

  • This doughnut chart displays all known high schools that students in the selected primary school transitioned to.
  • Click on the Focus Mode button on the top right-hand corner to expand the chart and view all schools.
  • Export the data to Excel for further analysis.

Year 7 Destination High Schools

  • This table displays all known destination high schools with the number of students that went to each school.
  • The total shown at the bottom of the table is the number of students enrolled at the selected primary school in Year 5.

Use the following slicers to select a school and analyse the data:

  • Executive Director Group
  • Network
  • School
  • Year 5 Enrolment Year – use this slicer to select a cohort, i.e. the students who were enrolled in Year 5 in the selected calendar year.

What should I look for?

  • Are many students going onto out-of-zone or non-government high schools?
  • Are there any high schools that are increasing or decreasing the number of students they take? If there have been no boundary changes this may indicate a change of parental choice.
  • The “unknown” component is made up of students who were not enrolled in NSW in year 7 (either out of state or outside Australia), and students who were enrolled in a NSW non-government school and did not do the NAPLAN 7 assessment.
  • Be aware that the “unknown” component may be quite large until 2-3 years after the selected Year 5 enrolment year. This is because for children who went onto non-government high schools, there is no data available until data is released for their NAPLAN 7 exam in August. Once this is released, we will be able to track which schools those students have gone to.
  • Note that because there is a 2 year lag in the availability of this data, we have hidden the latest 2 calendar years from this report. This is not a report error.

Where does this data come from?

  • Annual enrolment census – student level data. For all students in Year 5 at the selected primary school or cluster, the school they attended for Year 7 (i.e. 2 years later) is identified.
  • NAPLAN – where a year 7 record was not found in the enrolment data for a student, but a NAPLAN 7 record was found, this is used instead.

How frequently is data updated?

  • Historical enrolments are updated annually after the Enrolment census is completed in August.
  • NAPLAN data is updated annually after NAPLAN results are released.


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