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Murrumba 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 Murrumba State Secondary College may be unable to meet this obligation in the future, unless action is taken now to manage enrolments.

This School Enrolment Management Plan sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Murrumba State Secondary College.

Enrolment Capacity of the College

The College currently has the capacity to enrol up to 180 students per cohort.

The College's Program of Specialisation in Science and Engineering is supported through the allocation of a defined number of places. Places in the Program of Specialisation will only be available to out of catchment enrolments once the demand for in catchment enrolment has been met. Currently Murrumba State Secondary College has the capacity to enrol 28 students per cohort from Year 7-9 in the Science and Engineering Program of Excellence/Specialisation.

Local Catchment Area

A school's local catchment area is the geographical area from which the school is to have its principal intake of students. A catchment boundary for a school is defined by the equal distance between schools. This is measured from the main entrance of a school and its neighbouring schools, by road. The attached map defines the area for which Murrumba State Secondary College is the closest school by vehicular trafficable route. Any changes to the local catchment area will be notified through the registration and gazettal of an amended School Enrolment Management Plan, including the operative date for the new catchment area.

Enrolment Policy

All students, whose principal place of residence is within the College's catchment area, are eligible for enrolment at the College. The Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within the catchment area throughout the school year.

Parents who wish to enrol their children at the Murrumba State Secondary College will need to demonstrate that their principal place of residence is within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be provided by way of one each of the following:

If unable to provide this proof of residence, a Statutory Declaration confirming that an officer authorised to endorse statutory declarations has sighted sufficient evidence that in their opinion the student is a resident within the catchment area, must be provided.

Out of Catchment Enrolments

The following groups of students are also eligible for enrolment at the College:

Enrolment of other students from outside the local catchment area will be managed to ensure that the total current and forecast enrolments do not exceed the College's current capacity and, where applicable, will ensure there is an even spread of students across year levels or class groupings.

Subject to the above capacity conditions, enrolment applications from outside of the catchment area (except the 4 groups detailed above) will be assessed against the following criteria in order of priority:

  1. Students who attend Undurba State School in Year 6.
  2. Students applying to enrol in the College Science and Engineering program of specialisation. Places will only be available to out-of-catchment enrolments if the defined number of places has not been filled by in-catchment enrolments.
  3. Students who can demonstrate an alignment with our teaching and learning culture and College values.
  4. All other enrolment applications.

Out of Catchment Enrolment Fees

In order to manage the administration of enrolment for out-of-catchment applicants, a non-refundable fee may be required to accompany enrolment applications.

The enrolment assessment fee is in addition to any other College fees.

Acceptance and Assessment Process

Applications will be recorded in order of receipt.

Applications will remain current only for the year of submission.

Decisions on Enrolment

The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments.

Parents will be notified in writing of the outcome of the enrolment assessment. Parents may seek clarification from the Principal in regards to an unsuccessful enrolment application.


Parents have the right to appeal an unsuccessful enrolment application in writing, providing evidence to substantiate their claim that the criteria have not been applied fairly and equitably.

A committee, comprising the Principal, the chair or a member of the P and C Association and a staff member of the College, will review all appeals received from out-of-catchment applicants.

Any further appeals will be assessed by the Regional Director, who will discuss the merits of the application with the Principal and advise the outcome.

Gazettal Date

The School Enrolment Management Plan of Murrumba State Secondary College was gazetted on 23 March 2012, No. 70.

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