Selective high schools – Year 7

Applying for placement in a selective high school in Year 7

Updates

Find out about key dates in the placement process.

The High Performing Students Team no longer has a fax number. If you sent a fax to us during October, we would not have received it. Please resend it by email to ssu@det.nsw.edu.au.

Entry to Year 7 in 2021

Applications opened on this site on 8 October 2019 and closed on 11 November 2019. The test will be held on 12 March 2020. Download the Application information (PDF 791KB) for information about the placement process for entry in 2021.

Applications are now closed

Closing dates for applications are strictly observed. The placement program operates on a very tight schedule and involves the use of external contractors who cannot accommodate late additions to the candidature for testing.

There can be no exemptions made on compassionate grounds. The only circumstances under which a late application can be considered are where:

  • parents are applying for placement of their children in rural or remote areas where there is a shortage of suitable candidates. The choices are locked for those applicants and they cannot be considered for other selective high schools even if they move their residence
  • both parents/carers have documentary evidence to support a claim that circumstances beyond their control prevented them from completing an application. The application takes a maximum of 20 minutes to complete and is available 24 hours a day on any internet enabled device during the month that applications are open.

If you have strong extenuating circumstances that prevented you from applying in time, you can email the team at ssu@det.nsw.edu.au explaining the circumstances, attaching all relevant evidence to support the request, and listing the selective high schools you would have chosen. Requests for late applications will be considered in the next few weeks.

Entry to Year 7 in 2020

Placement outcome information

Placement outcomes were sent on 5 July 2019. For more information about placement outcomes go to the Outcome page. See, below, frequently asked questions about outcomes.

Appeals

The outcome of appeals was sent to parents in October.

Reserve lists

If your child is on a reserve list, we will contact you if an offer becomes available. Follow the progress of the reserve lists.

Review of Selective Education Access

In December 2018, the NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the findings of the Review of Selective Education Access. For more information, see Review of Selective Education Access: Findings and Action Plan.

Information about changes to the placement process will be published on this site.

Frequently asked questions about outcomes

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your outcome advice. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your outcome advice. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your outcome advice. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your outcome advice. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your outcome advice. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your outcome advice. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

Make a decision about accepting the offer and return the completed response form by the due date. Your response form will be processed and acknowledged within 21 days. Read the Outcome information bulletin attached to your outcome advice. You can decline the offer later if you change your mind.

If you do not find the information you need on this site, please email your enquiry to the Team rather than phoning. It will be attended to as soon as possible.

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