Selective high school Year 7 reserve list bands

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If your child has been placed on a reserve list for selective high school placement, they will be given a reserve band. This information is displayed in the 'Reserve band' column of the application dashboard next to the relevant school.

It is important to note, that students who are placed on a reserve list for a particular school are not guaranteed an offer.

Reserve bands range from 'band A' to 'band F' and are an estimate of the timeframe in which your child might receive an offer from a school.

These estimates are based on the timing of reserve band offers from the previous year and are designed to help you and your family make educational plans. Importantly, they should only be treated as a guide and may change due to variations in the number and timing of declined offers each year.

If your child's position on a reserve list is reached, you will receive an email asking you to view the updated outcome in the application dashboard. This is where you can choose to 'accept' or 'decline' the placement offer.

Offers are provided for a limited time and will expire if no action is taken before the response due date.

If you have accepted a placement offer from a school and receive an offer from a different school, you can choose to 'accept' or 'decline' the new offer. If you accept the new offer, the original offer is automatically declined. 

You may accept an offer while remaining on a reserve list for a higher choice school until the last day of the school year. To remain on a reserve list for a higher choice school after the last day of the school year, you must decline the current offer. This means that students who have accepted an offer for placement are unable to remain on the reserve list for a higher choice school after that date.

Students who haven't accepted any offers can remain on the selective high school reserve list until the end of Term 1 in Year 7. If you no longer want your child to be placed in a particular school, select ‘Withdraw’ from the reserve list in the application dashboard. Please note that this decision cannot be changed later.

Visit the selective high schools and opportunity classes website for reserve list progression updates and additional information.

Check the Reserve list band showing in your child’s outcome. This may help you get a sense of when you might get an offer.

Please remember, the bands are estimates only. There is no guarantee that you may receive an offer from a reserve list.

Reserve band estimates

Selective high school reserve bands

Band Estimate based on previous year
A within 1 month of the outcome notification
B within 2 months of the outcome notification
C within 3 months of the outcome notification
D within 4 months of the outcome notification
E within 5 months of the outcome notification
F offer not likely by the end of the year

Learn more about reserve lists at What do the different outcomes mean?

How long can my child remain on a reserve list?

Your child can remain on a reserve list and be placed up until the end of Term 1 of the entry year.

Any vacancies after that time will be made available through the Years 8 to 12 entry application process.

But please note the information below about automatic removal from reserve lists.

Removal from reserve lists – reserve decision date

If you have accepted an offer, you will be removed from all reserve lists that you may be on after the reserve decision date– see Key dates.

To stay on the reserve list after this date, you will need to decline your accepted offer by the reserve decision date.

Important: If you choose to decline your offer, you cannot get it back again.

Progress of reserve bands for 2024 entry

This table shows which reserve band is currently being offered for each selective high school.

This list is updated when there is a change from one band to another.

Selective high school Now offering from Reserve Band:
Alexandria Park Community School E
Armidale Secondary College No new offers
Auburn Girls High School F
Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus F
Baulkham Hills High School E
Blacktown Boys High School F
Blacktown Girls High School F
Bonnyrigg High School F
Caringbah High School F
Chatswood High School D
Elizabeth Macarthur High School E
Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School F
Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School (Male boarder) No new offers
Fort Street High School F
Granville Boys High School F
Girraween High School F
Gorokan High School D
Gosford High School E
Grafton High School No new offers
Hurlstone Agricultural High School E
Hurlstone Agricultural High School (Female boarder) No new offers
Hurlstone Agricultural High School (Male boarder) No new offers
Hornsby Girls High School F
James Ruse Agricultural High School C
Karabar High School B
Kooringal High School No new offers
Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus F
Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus D
Merewether High School E
Macquarie Fields High School D
Moorebank High School F
Normanhurst Boys High School E
North Sydney Boys High School F
North Sydney Girls High School F
Parramatta High School F
Penrith High School E
Peel High School No new offers
Prairiewood High School F
Richmond High School E
Rose Bay Secondary College D
Ryde Secondary College E
Sydney Boys High School F
Sefton High School E
St George Girls High School F
Sydney Girls High School F
Smiths Hill High School F
Sydney Technical High School F
Tempe High School F
Aurora College (Virtual) No new offers
Yanco Agricultural High School (Female boarder) No new offers
Yanco Agricultural High School (Male boarder) No new offers

Category:

  • Teaching and learning

Topics:

  • High school

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  • Educational Standards
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