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Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics & Technology

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Enrolment Eligibility Plan

Background

The Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology will cater for students in Years 7 to 12. The Academy will offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years (IBMY) Programme in Years 7 to 9 on a rolling intake; i.e. Year 7 in 2019, Years 7 to 8 in 2020 and Years 7 to 9 in 2021. Year 10 students complete a diploma preparation course of study that prepares them for the rigour and skill set required to successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD). The IBD programme is offered as the only curriculum framework in Years 11 and 12.

Students undergo a selective entry process prior to an offer of enrolment. The IBMY and IBD programmes provide students with the opportunity of global university entry and in most cases advanced standing arrangements with universities. The IBD programme is externally moderated to give assurance to universities of the high quality of graduates.

Rationale

The Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology recognises as its prime obligation the provision of these specialised educational programmes for students who, through a rigorous application process, are judged to be well placed to achieve the IBD.

This plan sets out the requirements for enrolment of students at the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology.

Enrolment capacity of the Academy

In 2020 the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology will have an agreed student enrolment capacity of 1,200 students.

Enrolment policy

Under Chapter 8 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (the Act), a Principal must enrol a student at the school the student is entitled to be enrolled. Students enrolling at the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology must be eligible for general enrolment in State schools and must also satisfy the specific enrolment criteria of the Academy set out in this plan.

General enrolment requirements for state schools

Prior to assessment against the enrolment criteria the Principal must be satisfied that the student meets the general enrolment requirements for State schools. A student must meet the general requirements set out in the Act (for example having an allocation of state schooling remaining, and/or in the case of mature aged students possessing a positive mature age student notice). The Principal may also defer an enrolment decision to the Director-General if a student poses an unacceptable risk to the safety or well-being of the school community. Applicants who have been refused enrolment on the basis of the general enrolment requirements may pursue review rights under the Act as advised by the Principal.

Enrolment criteria

The student must also meet the enrolment criteria set out below.

In order to be eligible for enrolment at the Academy a student must at a minimum:

  • demonstrate (via presentation of evidence at the time of application) that they:
    • have Australian Citizenship or are the child of an Australian citizen
    • have Permanent Resident status or are the child of a permanent resident; or are eligible under a Visa category that ensures the residency period allows for completion of the 6 year enrolment
  • reach the benchmark results on the Academic Entrance test
  • successfully completed an interview/experience
  • provide academic evidence of school based assessment at their previous school.

Processing of enrolment applications

Enrolment applications are to be made via the Queensland Academies Admissions Office. The Queensland Academies Admissions Office conducts relevant tests and provides advice to the Principal about the student's eligibility under the enrolment eligibility plan criteria.

The Principal will consider this advice when determining a student's enrolment application. The Principal will also consider the general enrolment requirements and the assessment data regarding the students' performance against the enrolment criteria for the Academy. The Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments and may request any additional documentation or conduct other enquiries deemed necessary to satisfy enrolment eligibility criteria. Students will not be eligible for enrolment unless they have undergone assessment by the Principal.

Vacancies will be filled through a rank order. Students will be ranked in order according to all enrolment eligibility data, including the entrance test results, interview/experience scores and analysis of school-based assessment. Should more than one round of entry be necessary in any one year, the number of enrolment places remaining from the preceding round of offers will be filled through a rank order, as per the above.

Where there are students who were considered by the Principal to have met all enrolment criteria set out above, but who were not enrolled due to the Academy's capacity being reached, such students will be considered for an intake should vacancies arise in the following school year. These vacancies will be filled through continuance of the rank order from all the enrolment eligibility data. Note: These intakes are not an option for Year 11 or 12 students.

Siblings of current students are not eligible for automatic enrolment, but must apply through the normal process.

The Academy may enrol international fee paying students (who have met all enrolment criteria) where vacancies exist.

Note: The Academy Principal reserves the right to cease processing an application for enrolment of a future student or cease the enrolment of an existing student where entitlement to enrolment has been obtained through false or misleading statements.

Enrolment decisions

Where the Principal forms a preliminary view that an application does not satisfy the conditions for the eligibility criteria for enrolment, the Manager, Queensland Academies Brand Division, will notify applicants in writing.

Application for admission is no guarantee of successful enrolment and any fees paid are non-refundable. The Principal is responsible for all decisions on selective entry enrolment and this decision on selection will be final. There is no internal review of the Principal's decision.

Review date

The Enrolment Eligibility Plan for the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology is internally reviewed each year, and if required, updated to reflect any changes to enrolment capacity.

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Last updated 16 May 2019