Find out about key dates in the placement process.
Entry to Year 7 in 2020
Applications will open for placement in Year 7 in 2020 from 9 October 2018 to 12 November 2018. Download a printable version of application information (PDF 913.59KB)
Link to the application form. This link will be available until 10:00pm on 12 November 2018.
Go to troubleshooting (PDF 199KB) if you need help. Some email providers are sending our emails to the spam/junk folder. Please check there before contacting the Unit.
Note: The list of rural local high schools eligible for Aurora College has been corrected to include central schools for new applications. Armidale High School is not available for Aurora College.
Hurlstone Agricultural High School remains as it is on the Glenfield site for entry in 2020. The new name of Roy Watts high School will not come into effect in 2020 after all.
Entry to Year 7 in 2019
See the Outcome page and frequently asked questions below.
The outcome of appeals will be released in mid-October.
Check the progress of the reserve lists at the following link: Reserve lists
Frequently asked questions about outcomes
My child has an offer so what do I do next?
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.
My child has a reserve place; when will we get an offer?
There is no guarantee that students on reserve lists will receive an offer and vacancies after the first round of offers are very unpredictable. When an applicant declines an offer of placement, a student from the reserve list is offered the place. The Unit begins making offers for students on reserve lists in late July. Offers continue to be made until at least the end of Term 1 of the year of entry.
My child is unsuccessful; can he or she be added to a reserve list?
Unsuccessful means the score is not high enough for the student to be on a reserve list. Please do not contact the Unit to request your child be added to a reserve list as this is not possible. Entry scores from other years cannot tell you whether your child should have got an offer for next year.
Why haven't I received my placement outcome yet?
For entry in 2019, outcome advice was sent to most applicants by email on the evening of 6 July 2018. Please check your email spam/junk folder before contacting the Unit. If you chose to receive mail only, the advice was posted on 6 July. Mailed outcome advice will take longer depending on your postal service. If you have not received the email by mid-July you can email the Unit. If you want to change from mail only to email, send an email to the Unit. The request will be processed after 19 July. Some applications are on hold for further processing and the outcome will be sent as soon as possible.
Can I change the school choices now that I know my child's score?
You cannot change school choices when you find that your child was unsuccessful but could have qualified for a different school or the transport arrangements are not practical. School choices cannot be made after the release of placement outcomes except in strong extenuating circumstances. Any request must be accompanied by documentary evidence and must be approved by the Unit and the school. In these circumstances the student may be placed on a reserve list for another school with no guarantee of a place becoming available.
Why didn't I get detailed information about the scores?
Selection committees can adjust scores for a range of individual circumstances and special considerations. This means weighting components of the scores differently. In some cases, if a child's calculated placement score has been based on such adjustments, the adjusted scores are not released.
I think there is a mistake in my child's scores. What can I do?
You cannot use the raw scores to recalculate a placement score because of the moderation and scaling process used to calculate the placement score.
Check the Appeals page for information about appealing the outcome if you have valid grounds and documentary evidence.
If you are questioning the school assessment scores, you need to consult the school principal to ensure the scores are correct.
While the Unit can check test responses and scores, remarking of the test is not possible. The answer sheets are scanned by two independent scanning contractors and the results reconciled.
The tests are very challenging in order to spread out the high achieving students. Your child might not achieve as well as usual when compared with other high performing students state-wide.
Entry to Year 7 in 2018
The reserve lists for entry to Year 7 in 2018 are now closed. No further offers will be made for 2018.
If you do not find the information you need on this site, please email your enquiry to the Unit rather than phoning. It will be attended to as soon as possible.