Upper Coomera State 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 Upper Coomera State College may be unable to meet this obligation in the future, unless action is taken now to manage enrolments. The Principal must restrict 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 Upper Coomera State College, subject to any other requirements or limitations in:
This School EMP is supported by:
Upper Coomera State College has a maximum Student Enrolment Capacity of 2,803 students.
The number of students entering Prep in any given year is not to exceed 150 in 6 classrooms, unless there are more than 150 students enrolling from within the catchment area.
The school's Programs of Excellence are supported through the allocation of a defined number of places. Places in the Program of Excellence will only be available to out-of-catchment enrolments once the demand for in-catchment enrolment has been met and sufficient Student Enrolment Capacity has been reserved for future in-catchment growth. Currently Upper Coomera State College has the capacity to enrol:
A school's local catchment area is the geographical area from which the school is to have its core intake of students. A catchment map defines the catchment area for Upper Coomera State College.
This school operates under an equidistant for their primary catchment and a negotiated for their secondary catchment.
The school's catchment maps are available to be viewed at either the school's administration building or online at http://www.qgso.qld.gov.au/maps/edmap/ .
As Upper Coomera State College is a Prep to Year 12 campus, it has separate catchment areas for primary and secondary.
Upper Coomera State College is adjacent to Helensvale SHS, Pimpama Secondary College (Y7-9), Pacific Pines SHS, Ormeau Woods SHS, Windaroo Valley SHS and Tambourine Mountain SHS which provide schooling from Years 7-12. Upper Coomera State College is also adjacent to Highland Reserve SS, Helensvale SS, Oxenford SS, Pipama SS, Pimpama State Primary College, Pacific Pines SS, Coomera Rivers SS, Coomera Springs SS and Coomera SS which provide schooling from Years Prep-6.
Therefore Upper Coomera State College provides Year Prep - 12 to a wider catchment area. This means that the school has three different catchment areas - i.e. one for Prep - 6 (equidistant) another for Years 7 - 10 (negotiated) and another for Years 11-12 (negotiated).
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 residence, such as an additional utility bill (e.g. water) showing the same address.
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.
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:
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 the total current and forecast enrolments do not exceed the Student Enrolment Capacity. This school can only enrol out-of-catchment students:
I. if there is sufficient spare capacity after reserving places for students who move into the catchment during the year; and
II. after taking into account the school's projected future enrolment growth.
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:
(Please note: As per the section above, siblings of current students who reside outside the catchment are eligible to enrol at the school, as long as they are applying for enrolment at the same campus.)
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 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 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 of Upper Coomera State 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 31 Aug 2017