North Lakes State College


School Enrolment Management Plan

North Lakes 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, North Lakes State 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.

Student enrolment capacity

North Lakes State College has a maximum student enrolment capacity of 3,691 students.

The number of students entering Prep in any given year must not exceed 200 in 8 classrooms, unless there are more than 200 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 Programs 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 North Lakes State College has the capacity to enrol: 

  • 81 students in the Italian Immersion Program of Excellence
  • 90 students in the Signature Basketball Program of Excellence
  • 110 students in the Signature Rugby Union Program of Excellence
  • 135 students in the Signature Dance Program of Excellence
  • 24 students in the Signature Golf Program of Excellence.

Local catchment area

A school's local catchment area is the defined geographical area from which the school is to have its core intake of students.

North Lakes State College operates under a negotiated catchment area.

The school's catchment map is available from EdMap (school's catchment map).

As North Lakes State College is a Prep to Year 12 campus, it has separate catchment areas for primary and secondary.

Other students who are entitled to enrol as if in catchment: 

In addition to the criteria outlined on the previous page, the following criterion also applies to be accepted under the sibling provision for North Lakes State College:

  • Primary siblings are only eligible to enrol if they have a sibling attending the school in Prep to Year 6. 

Out-of-catchment application

Out-of-catchment students applying for enrolment at the school are placed on a waiting list, assessed in order of receipt and prioritised as follows:

  • For P–12 schools
    • Primary school-aged siblings (Prep to Year 6) of students currently enrolled in the secondary year levels (Years 7–12).
    • Secondary school-aged siblings (Years 7–12) of students currently enrolled in the primary year levels (Prep to Year 6).
    • Students who live within the secondary catchment (Years 7–12), but upon enrolment would be attending the primary year levels (Prep to Year 6).
  • For schools with a Program of Excellence
    • Subject to available student enrolment capacity, places will only be available to out-of-catchment enrolments if they satisfy the school's criteria for placement in that particular Program of Excellence and the defined number of places has not yet been filled by enrolments from within the catchment. Sufficient student enrolment capacity must be reserved for future in-catchment growth. (Please note: The enrolment criteria for the Programs of Excellence are available from the school.)
  • For secondary schools with a wider catchment area for Years 11–12:
    • Students who live within the senior secondary catchment but not within the junior secondary catchment.
  • All other out-of-catchment enrolment applications.

Enrolment policy and procedure

The enrolment policy includes further information about in-catchment and out-of-catchment enrolments, acceptance and assessment processes, as well as any associated fees and decisions on enrolments.

For further information regarding School Enrolment Management Plans, please refer to the School Enrolment Management Plans Procedure or contact the school Principal.

Gazettal date

This updated version of the School Enrolment Management Plan for North Lakes State College was gazetted on 15 November 2019.

The School Enrolment Management Plan is internally reviewed each year, and if required, updated to reflect any changes to student enrolment capacity and/or Programs of Excellence.

Last updated 08 March 2021