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Bronte Enrolment Policy

Enrolment Policy Procedures for Bronte Public School.

Rationale

Parents may seek to enrol their children at the school of their choice; however schools must ensure that every eligible local child has a place at their local school if required.

A student should be enrolled in one school only at any given time and is considered to be enrolled when placed on the admission register (ERN and OASIS).

Aims

  • Every parent will enrol their children in the school of their choice where practicable.
  • Every child must have a place in his/her local school if required.
  • Public schools will not enrol children from another local public school without; contacting the other principal, and referring them back to the previous school.

Definitions

Ceiling

Bronte Public School has 16 designated teaching classrooms.

Census

The census is that return of enrolment numbers which is sent in at the beginning of each year from which staffing numbers are allocated and class structure determined.

Buffer

The buffer is to allow sufficient places for local families to enrol in BPS.

Local enrolment

Children living within the drawing area of Bronte Public School.

Procedure

1. Enrolment ceiling

The school has an enrolment ceiling, based on permanent accommodation of 16 classrooms.

The enrolment ceiling has been calculated with reference to the school staffing formula and includes a buffer to accommodate local students arriving throughout the school year.

The enrolment ceiling of the school is 400 students, including a 3% enrolment buffer. The school cannot accept non-local students if enrolments exceed 395 students.

Children living within the local area will be enrolled in accordance with the policies of the NSW Department of School Education.

Parents must provide an Australian birth certificate or passport, and three (3) forms of documentary evidence of their place of residence within the school boundary. This evidence can be in the form of a rent

or lease agreement, mortgage papers or utilities account. A driver’s license is not considered to be evidence of residential address.

  • The boundary of our local area is indicated on maps held in the school office.
  • Places in each year will be kept open from the start of the year to ensure access for children who move into the local area during the year. The number of places will be based on historical data and predicted enrolment fluctuations. Places in this buffer are not to be offered to non-local students.
  • Applications for non-local enrolment will be considered only when there are places available in the school and the enrolment does not create the need for a demountable classroom (Department of Education and Training Policy). Contact will be made with all non-local applicants to obtain further information, if required.

2. Non-local area Placement Panel

The School Placement Panel consists of the Principal, a member of the teaching staff, and a nominee of the P&C. The panel will be chaired by the Principal, who will have a casting vote.

Criteria for non-local enrolment

When the enrolment of the school exceeds 370 students, all applications for non-local enrolment will be forwarded to the non-local area placement panel. The criteria for assessment are in priority order:

  • siblings already enrolled at the school;
  • proximity and access to the school;
  • medical reasons;
  • safety and supervision of the student before and after school;
  • compassionate circumstances; and
  • structure and organisation of the school.

Determination of these criteria is made by examining statements made by the parents on the out of area enrolment form.

Waiting lists for applicants for non-local enrolment

Where non-local enrolment applicants exceed available places, prospective students not accepted for enrolment will be placed on a waiting list. The order of students on the waiting list will be determined by the Placement Panel, not in order of acceptance.

Appeals

Where a parent wishes to appeal against the decision of the Placement Panel, the appeal should be made in writing to the Principal. The Principal will seek to resolve the matter. If the matter is not resolved, it may be referred to the School Education Director to determine if the stated criteria have been fairly applied.

3. Enrolment of Kindergarten students

Children may be enrolled in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age by 31 July of that year. Documentation providing proof of age is required.

Enquiries for kindergarten enrolment may be made during school hours. Applications for enrolment will be accepted from the commencement of Term 1 of the year prior to enrolment.

The Public Health (Amendment) Act 1992 requires parents to provide documented evidence of a child’s immunisation status on enrolment at school. Parents have the right of not having their children immunised. However, in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease, non-immunised children will be required to remain at home for the duration of the outbreak.

All applications for both in area enrolments and sibling out of area enrolments will be accepted on a first in basis.

A wait list will be created for all non-local students. The initial order of the wait list will be on date of complete lodgement of forms and accompanying documentation.

Early in Term 3, the out of area committee will review the waiting list to determine placement positions offered. The committee will then look at the wait list in terms of the criteria outlined above.

4. Early enrolment of students who are considered to be gifted and talented

When a student is being considered for early enrolment in Kindergarten, the school will carry out a comprehensive evaluation of intellectual functioning, academic skills and social-emotional adjustment. This will be undertaken by the school counsellor and may incorporate advice from registered psychologists. Input from the student’s parents will also be considered.

A review of current research reveals a consensus that, for successful outcomes, a child should be within 6 months of approved entry age.

5. Enrolment of students with special needs

Enrolment applications for students with special needs will be considered within the context of the school’s capacity to meet those needs, specifically through:

  • availability of funding, specialist teachers and consultancy services
  • modification of buildings and/or facilities
  • provision of specialised equipment
  • access to special transport services.

The decision to enrol a student with a disability, and with what level of support, will depend on a number of factors including the student’s educational needs, the expressed desires of parents and caregivers, the capacity of the school to provide the above support services and the availability of appropriate support services in alternative locations.

An appraisal of the student’s needs will be carried out by the Principal, in consultation with parents and caregivers, the school counsellor, relevant district special education support staff and other educational, health or medical professionals as determined appropriate.

6. Enrolment of non-Australian citizens

Non-Australian citizens will be enrolled in accordance with the procedures set out in Enrolment of Students in Government Schools: A Summary and Consolidation of Policy.

7. Transfer applications

Students transferring from another NSW Government school will be required to provide a relevant Student Transfer Certificate. If this is not provided the school will immediately seek such a certificate from the student’s last known Government school attended.

8. Short term attendance

Students will be accepted for short term enrolment for reasons such as parents visiting the locality for a brief period or a student being involved in a special program. Short term enrolment periods will not exceed one term.

Short term enrolments must be considered in the context of other relevant sections of this document.

9. Refusal of enrolment

The Principal may refuse enrolment of a student on the grounds of previously documented violent behaviour if there is evidence that the student has not learnt the appropriate skills to manage this behaviour.

The principal has the delegated authority to refuse the enrolment of any out of area, international and age inappropriate student.

Ratification

This Policy Procedures document has been developed in conjunction with the school community, staff and Principal.

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