Highfields State Secondary College recognises as its prime obligation, the provision of access to an appropriate educational service for students whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment area.
Because of enrolment capacity and growth Highfields State Secondary College may be unable to meet this obligation in the future, unless action is taken to manage enrolments. The Principal must restrict the enrolment of out-of-catchment students to ensure in-catchment students can enrol at their local state school, without requiring additional facilities.
This School Enrolment Management Plan (School EMP) sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Highfields State Secondary College, subject to any other requirements or limitations in:
This School EMP is supported by:
Highfields State Secondary College has a maximum Student Enrolment Capacity of 728 students.
In 2018 and beyond, the maximum Student Enrolment Capacity will be 859 as a result of new infrastructure.
A school's local catchment area is the defined geographical area from which the school is to have its core intake of students.
Highfields State Secondary College operates under an equidistant catchment area.
The school's catchment map is available to be viewed at either the school's administration building or online .
Highfields State Secondary College is adjacent to Crow's Nest State School which only provides schooling from PY-10. Therefore Highfields State Secondary College provides Year 11-12 to a wider catchment area. This means that the school has two different catchment areas - i.e. one for junior secondary (for Years 7-10) and another for senior secondary (Years 11-12).
Any student, whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment area/s, is (subject to the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006) entitled to enrol at the school. The school Principal will reserve places for students who move into the catchment area throughout the school year.
Parents or legal guardians who wish to enrol their child at the school will need to demonstrate that the student's principal place of residence is within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be provided by way of one of each of the following:
If the Principal is not satisfied that the documentation provided by an applicant demonstrates adequately that the address stated is the student's principal place of residence, then the Principal may request further sources of proof of residency. Examples may include (but are not limited to):
The Principal may also request a properly sworn Statutory Declaration from the enrolling parent or legal guardian attesting that the student's principal place of residence is the place nominated in the enrolment application.
In addition to the documents listed above, students living with a relative/other person within catchment must provide the following:
The Principal may also request additional pieces of proof of residency and interview/s with all parties to discuss the living arrangement.
Applicants should note that a false statement/assertion about the student's principal place of residence may amount to an offence and may be reported to police. The school Principal may repeal a decision to enrol a student in such circumstances.
The following groups of students will be entitled to enrol, even though they may reside outside the school's catchment area:
**To be accepted under the sibling provision, the:
Applications from any other person, not meeting the criteria outlined above, is an out-of-catchment application. Enrolment of students from outside the local catchment area is restricted to ensure that enrolments do not exceed the Student Enrolment Capacity. This school can only enrol out-of-catchment students:
Out-of-catchment students applying for enrolment at this school are placed on a waiting list, assessed in order of receipt and prioritised as follows:
For secondary schools with a wider catchment area for Years 11-12:
All other out-of-catchment enrolment applications.
Under the Department's State Education Fees procedure , a principal of a state school with an approved School EMP is able to charge a fee for recouping costs of enrolment processing (subject to consultation with the Parents and Citizens' Association) where:
Out-of-catchment enrolment applications will be recorded on a waiting list in order of receipt, by date and time. These applications will remain current only for the school year in which they are applying to enrol.
The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments.
Where a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed, applicants will be notified in writing. Applicants may respond to the Principal's preliminary view by making a submission to the Principal, no later than seven (7) school days after receiving the preliminary view letter.
If no submission is received, the Principal's preliminary view will be treated as the final decision and no further notice will be provided.
If a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a final decision. A final decision notice will be provided to the applicant as soon as is practicable. There is no internal review of the Principal's decision.
This updated version of the School Enrolment Management Plan for Highfields State Secondary College was gazetted on 18 August 2017.
The School EMP is internally reviewed each year, and if required, updated to reflect any changes to Student Enrolment Capacity and/or Programs of Excellence.
This page was last reviewed on 27 Sep 2017