Varsity 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 Varsity College may be unable to meet this obligation in the future, unless action is taken now to manage enrolments. Varsity College has limited ability to accept enrolments from outside the catchment area.
This School Enrolment Management Plan (School EMP) sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Varsity College, subject to any other requirements or limitations in:
This School EMP is supported by:
Varsity College currently has the capacity to enrol up to 2937 students.
The school's Program of Excellence in Music, Chinese Immersion, Basketball Excellence and Maths Science Academy is 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. Currently Varsity 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 Varsity College. A hard copy of this map is available at the school's administration building and it can be viewed online at http://statistics.oesr.qld.gov.au/reverse-proxy/schools/catchment/catchmentmaps/ .
As Varsity College is a Prep to Year 12 campus, it has two catchment areas - i.e. one for Prep to Year 6 and another for Years 7 to 12 (described as P-6 catchment and 7-12 catchment respectively).
Students within catchment
Any student, whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment area/s, is (subject to the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006) eligible for enrolment at the school. The school Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within 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.
Other students outside the catchment area deemed to be eligible for enrolment
The following groups of students will be deemed as eligible for enrolment, even though they may reside outside the school's catchment area:
Enrolment of students from outside the local catchment area will be managed to ensure that the total current and forecast enrolments do not exceed the school's current capacity and, where applicable, will ensure there is an even spread of students across year levels or class groupings.
Students from outside the school's catchment area applying for enrolment at that school are placed on a waiting list in order of receipt of application.
Subject to the capacity conditions of the school, enrolment applications from outside of the catchment area will be assessed in order of receipt, as follows:
For P-12 schools:
Students who live within the P - 7 catchment, but not within the 8 - 12 catchment will have priority for enrolment to the secondary campus. Students who live within the 8 -12 catchment, but not within the P - 7 catchment will have priority for enrolment in the primary campus of the school.
For schools with a Program of Excellence:
All other enrolment applications.
Under the Department's State Education Fees procedure, a principal of a state school is able to charge a fee for recouping costs of enrolment processing by a State school with an approved School Enrolment Management Plan of a prospective student who lives outside the school's catchment area, 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, parents will be notified in writing. Parents 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 Varsity College was gazetted on 6 December 2013.
The School EMP is internally reviewed each year, and if required, updated to reflect any changes to enrolment capacity and/or Programs of Excellence.
This page was last reviewed on 06 Dec 2013