School Enrolment Management Plan
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 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
Upper Coomera State College has a maximum student enrolment capacity of 2,803 students.
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 Upper Coomera State College has the capacity to enrol:
- 168 in the Academic Honours Program of Excellence
- 168 in the High Performance Athletes Program of Excellence
- 180 in the Creative Arts 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.
As Upper Coomera State College is a Prep to Year 12 campus, it has separate catchment areas for primary and secondary.
This school operates under an equidistant for their primary catchment and a negotiated for their secondary catchment.
Upper Coomera State College is adjacent to Helensvale SHS, Pimpama Secondary College (Year 7–9), Pacific Pines SHS, Ormeau Woods SHS, Windaroo Valley SHS and Tamborine 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 Prep to Year 6.
Therefore Upper Coomera State College provides Prep to Year 12 to a wider catchment area. This means that the school has 3 different catchment areas, i.e. one for Prep to Year 6 (equidistant), another for Years 7–10 (negotiated) and another for Years 11–12 (negotiated).
The school's catchment map is available from
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 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
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.
This updated version of the School Enrolment Management Plan for Upper Coomera State College was gazetted on 14 September 2018.
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.