Outcome

The outcome of applications is sent to parents by email in early July. If parents chose to receive correspondence by mail only, the placement outcome will be sent by mail. It will advise at least one of the following for each school chosen:

  • an offer of placement
  • a place on the reserve list
  • the choice is not applicable due to an offer from a school listed higher in the application
  • the student was unsuccessful for placement and for a place on the reserve list.

A response form will be included for students with offers. A due date for return will be noted on the form.

Scores information will be provided for most applicants.

A Placement outcome information bulletin (PDF 80KB) is also sent with further information and instructions for what to do next.

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 will be unable to access your email (or mail) for any length of time, such as going on holidays, you can advise the Unit by email that you will accept any offer in advance if your child qualifies.

Early advice

The Unit may be able to provide some initial placement advice if parents are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of more than $1500 to a non-government school prior to the release of placement outcomes. This advice may not be the final outcome and generally the only information the Unit can be sure of is if the student is likely to be unsuccessful. During May you can request an early advice form to be sent to you. No information would be available before June. Any early release of outcome advice must be kept strictly confidential.

Offer of placement

Complete, sign and return the response form to the High Performing Students Unit before the due date. Offers will lapse if responses are not received by the due date advised with the offer. Please use PDF format and send it by email if possible.

Advise the unit by email if you change your mind about accepting an offer. The next student on the reserve list can then be offered the place.

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Offers will be withdrawn if students do not satisfy all enrolment requirements, such as residency, or if students do not enrol at the school at the beginning of the school year without providing a satisfactory explanation.

Offers may lapse if the unit is unable to contact the applicant.

Any deferment must be negotiated with the Unit before enrolment. The request may not be approved. You cannot defer enrolment beyond the first day of Term 2 in the year of entry.

Reserve lists

Selective high schools 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 choices. Each school also has a list of reserves. Applicants are given their reserve list position with their outcome advice. From early August you can follow the progress of the reserve lists until the last day of the school year (15 December 2017 for entry in 2018), when it is no longer updated online. However, subsequent offers will still be made until at least the end of Term 1 or until mid-June at the latest.

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

  • Offers are made from July until at least the end of Term 1 of the year of entry. From that time  principals may hold vacancies over for the Years 8 to 12 placement process.
  • Students on reserve lists may not be offered a place before reserve lists close.
  • 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 successful appeals or if approved changes are made to school choices.
  • Students who have accepted an offer for one school may be placed on the reserve list for a school they listed in a higher position on their application  – if their reserve list position for that higher choice of school is reached, they will receive another offer.

Students who have accepted an offer to a selective high school and also have a place on a reserve list will be removed from the reserve list on the last day students attend for the school year. To remain on the reserve list after this date the current offer must be declined. There is no guarantee the student will receive any further offers.

Aurora College

Offers to Aurora College will be completed by the end of October to organise timetabling with local 'base' schools. No further offers will be made from the reserve list for Aurora College from that time.

Scores information

For most applicants the only details of students' scores are provided to parents along with the placement outcome. These scores are raw scores, before they are moderated and scaled to calculate the placement score. The placement score cannot be recalculated by parents using these raw scores.

Where score details have not been supplied, an explanation is given. No further score details are available.

Appealing the outcome

If you have reason to appeal the outcome of the placement process, find out more about appeals.

Enrolment

All successful selective high school students are sent an 'Authority to attend' letter in January of the year of entry. This document confirms the student's entitlement to enrol in a selective high school.

Offers or enrolments may be terminated if placement is made on the basis of false or misleading information.

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