Outcome placement information

Placement outcome information for entry in 2020 was sent to parents by email and post on 11 October 2019. The placement outcome information will advise that your child has been:

  • offered a place at one school choice and/or
  • placed on the reserve list (waiting list) for one or both choices or
  • unsuccessful for placement and unsuccessful for placement on the reserve lists for both choices.

If your child qualifies for both schools chosen, he/she will be offered the first choice. If the student qualifies for their second choice, they may be placed on the reserve list for their first choice if the score was high enough. If your child is offered a place at the higher choice school but also qualified for the lower choice school, the lower choice outcome will be shown as 'not applicable'.

A response form is included for students with offers. Return it to the Team by the due date noted on the form.

In most cases you will receive your child's calculated placement score out of 300 and a separate letter or attachment showing the scores your child gained in the Opportunity Class Placement Test and the school assessment scores. You cannot use these scores to try to recalculate the placement score. Details of scores will not be provided over the phone. No other score information is available.

If you receive an offer or reserve place you will be sent a Placement outcome information bulletin (PDF 364KB) explaining what each type of outcome means and what you need to do.

Selection committees may need to conduct further investigation for a small number of applications. Those applicants will receive advice as soon as possible.

If you have not received your placement outcome by Friday 18 October 2019, first check your email junk/spam folder before emailing the Team. You may phone the Team if you do not have email access.

There is no fixed minimum score required for entry to individual schools as students are placed in rank order of their placement scores to fill the available vacancies.

The score held by the last student accepting a place at the school in the previous year is the 'minimum entry score' that is published on the Team's website in April each year. This score varies from school to school and year to year. You cannot use these scores from the previous placement process to prove that your child should have received an offer to a particular school in the current placement process.

The Team sends reports to public primary schools listing the outcome for all their students who applied. Non-government school principals can request information if the non-government school provided school assessment scores.

Responding to an offer

Complete, sign and return the response form to the High Performing Students Team before the due date. You will usually need to respond within two weeks but if you get an offer by phone you may have to respond within 24 hours. If you do not respond by the due date the Team may assume you do not want the offer. Please use PDF format and send the form by email. An acknowledgement of your response to an offer will be sent within 21 days. Email the Team if you do not receive acknowledgement after 21 days.

If you change your mind about accepting an offer, email the Team as soon as possible. The next person on the reserve list can then be offered the place.

If you will be unable to access your email account for more than a week, such as while on holiday without internet access when outcomes are due, you can advise the Team in writing that you will accept any offer in advance if your child qualifies.

Withdrawal or lapse of offers

Offers will be withdrawn if students do not satisfy all enrolment requirements such as residency, or if students do not enrol on the first day of school without prior approval or a satisfactory explanation. Any deferment of enrolment must be negotiated with the Team and the school principal before the first day of school. Enrolment cannot be deferred beyond Friday 21 February 2020.

Offers may lapse if the response is not returned to the Team by the due date and if the Team after trying at least twice is unable to contact the applicant.

Offers may be cancelled if they are made on the basis of false or misleading information.

Reserve lists

Opportunity classes only have a limited number of places available each year. Students are offered a place based on their calculated placement score and the order of school choice. Each school may also have a reserve list in case students with initial offers withdraw. Applicants are given their reserve list position with their placement outcome advice.

The Team continues to make offers to students on reserve lists as vacancies occur throughout Year 5 and to at least the end of Term 1 in Year 6. You can follow the progress of the reserve lists from late-October.

When an applicant declines an offer of placement, the next student on a reserve list is offered their place. Students will receive an offer if their position on the reserve list is reached. Applicants must accept an offer by the advised due date or the offer will lapse.

  • The reserve lists are activated towards the end of October.
  • Students on reserve lists may not be offered a place.
  • Progress on a reserve list varies from school to school and year to year as it is determined by students declining offers.
  • Students may be added to the reserve list as a result of appeals or approved changes to school choices.
  • Students who have accepted an offer for the school they listed second may be placed on the reserve list for the school they listed first. If their reserve list position for that school is reached, they will receive another offer. If they accept the new offer to the school they listed first, the Team will consider the original offer declined.
  • Reserve lists remain active throughout Years 5 and 6.

Applicants who have accepted an offer for placement in an opportunity class, and are also on a reserve list for a higher choice school, will be removed from the reserve list at 5pm on Tuesday 28 January 2020. These applicants may remain on a reserve list for a higher choice only if they decline their offer by that date. However there is no guarantee that the student would receive a further offer.

Score details for parents

Most parents are sent the raw school assessment scores and the raw test marks along with the placement outcome advice. The scores are later moderated, scaled and averaged before the calculated placement score out of 300 is derived. Therefore you cannot reproduce the calculation by converting scores to a percentage. In a few cases the score cannot be published. If parents do not receive their child?s scores they can write to the Team for an explanation.

The selection committee may adjust a child?s score based on criteria such as a student?s Aboriginality or Torres Strait islander status, length of time doing all school work in English, illness/misadventure request, appeal and a number of other factors. This is why a student may appear higher on a reserve list than another student with a higher calculated placement score. It is not possible to publish adjusted placement scores as they can vary across the three selection committees considering the application.

No other score information is available, including adjusted scores or the ranking of students by schools. Details of scores will not be provided over the phone.

There is no minimum fixed score required for entry to individual schools as suitably qualified students are placed in rank order of their placement scores to fill the available vacancies.

Go to frequently asked questions about marks (PDF 36.6KB) for further information about the marks letters sent with placement outcomes.

Outcome details for primary schools

The Team sends reports to public primary schools listing the outcome for each of their candidates. Non-government school principals can request the information if the school provided school assessment scores.

Appealing the outcome

You may appeal the decisions of selection committees if you know something specific happened to prevent your child gaining higher school assessment scores or test scores (but not both) and which might not have been considered by the selection committee. Find out about the appeals process and valid grounds for appeal.

All appeals must be supported by relevant documentary evidence.

Appeals cannot be made on the basis that the student could have qualified for a different opportunity class. Changes of choice of opportunity class cannot normally be made after outcomes are released.


An Authority to attend letter will be sent in mid-January 2020 for the student to present to the school on the first day of Term 1, 2020.

All successful applicants will be required to show original documentation such as birth certificates and relevant visas as proof of residency status before enrolment can be finalised by the school.

There are no extra fees for attending a school with an opportunity class although schools may ask for materials and voluntary contributions as do other government schools.

The NSW Department of Education has a responsibility to assess and manage any risk of harm to its staff or students. This includes assessing and managing risks posed to students or staff at a school by any student. Where relevant, such situations will be dealt with in accordance with the NSW Department of Education's enrolment policies and procedures.

Information for parents/caregivers regarding enrolment is available at:

Quick guide for parents

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