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Enrolment Management Plan

Background

Our school is situated in South East Brisbane District and caters for Prep to Yr 6 students. Organised around traditional year level groups, our current enrolment is in excess of 1000. The diversity of the Algester community brings richness and broad cultural experiences to the school.

Twenty different languages other than English are spoken by seventy-one of our students. Of these, the most common are Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian and Japanese.

​Eight percent of our families originated in eighteen different countries, with a large number from New Zealand, and others from Asian, European, African and South American countries. 

In the last year, we have seen a marked increase in the number of members of the Maori and Pacific Island cultures becoming part of our community. We have also welcomed a number of refugees from North Africa. Three percent of our students identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Only 29 percent of our families choose not to nominate a religion on enrolment. Christian religions are in the majority, with Catholics (89) and Anglicans (44) most prevalent. Families whose religions include Islam, Hindu and Buddhism are increasing in our community.

Forty-six percent of the families who attend the school live in Algester (2004 ABS Data). Another twenty-six percent live nearby in Calamvale while a further twenty-two percent live in other suburbs surrounding Algester. Five percent live a significant distance from the school in locations such as Jimboomba, Upper Coomera and Daisy Hill.

Rationale

Algester State Primary School recognises as its prime obligation the provision of access to an appropriate educational service for students resident within this community as defined by its local catchment area.

Because of enrolment capacity and growth Algester State Primary School may be unable to meet this obligation in future, unless action is taken now to manage enrolment.
 

This plan sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Algester State Primary School.

Enrolment capacity of school

The school currently has the capacity to enrol up to 1163 students in 51 classrooms. Please see the school's catchment map for more information. 

Local catchment area

The school’s enrolment capacity for students who live outside the local catchment is dependant upon:

  • the school’s enrolment capacity
  • catering for in-catchment enrolments
  • allowing for in-catchment growth during the year
  • ensuring an even spread of students across all year levels while maintaining class size targets.

The local catchment area is based on equidistance boundaries with other schools. The attached map defines the boundary area for which Algester State Primary School is the closest school by trafficable route. Should this capacity change because of changes to road networks, this will be formally notified through the registration and gazettal of an amended plan including the operative date for the new catchment area.

Programs for students with disabilities are regional programs for students whose educational support needs are additional to, or different from, other students. Students who live outside the catchment area and are verified or likely to be verified with a disability can enrol in the school to attend the program if it is the closest program to their home and meets their individualised need.

Enrolment policy

All students who reside within the local catchment area and are eligible for enrolment in the educational program offered by the school have a right to enrolment at the school. The Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within the catchment boundary throughout the school year.

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 built capacity and where applicable will ensure there is an even spread of students across year levels or class groupings.
 

The school's enrolment management plan does not replace other departmental policy; for example Safe, Supportive and Disciplined School Environment, nor does it override subsequent determinations regarding built school capacity.

Enrolment criteria

Students who reside outside the school's local catchment boundary who apply for enrolment at the school will be put on a waiting list in order of receipt of application. Where there is spare capacity, students will be enrolled from the waiting list based on the following criteria and order of priority:

  • Siblings of students already enrolled
  • Children and young people who are subject to child protection orders that grant guardianship or custody to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Child Safety.
  • Students whose parents or legal guardian is employed by the school
  • Students who reside outside the catchment area and who officially leave the school will be considered for re- admission in accordance with the enrolment criteria
  • Other applicants from outside the defined catchment area. These enrolments will be managed to ensure an even spread of students across year levels, or class groupings and an appropriate mix of student special needs (ESL, disabilities, refugees).
  • Any remaining students residing outside the catchment area. 

Proof of residency

Parents who wish to enrol their child/ren at Algester State Primary under the Enrolment Management Plan will need to demonstrate that the child/ren to be enrolled, reside within the catchment area. The following documentation may be required if requested by the Principal:

  • Driver's Licence
  • Rates notice, Electricity account
  • Signed unconditional House Contract
  • Rental Agreement stamped and signed by real estate agency for a minimum of six months duration
  • Rental Bond receipt
  • Registration on a State or Federal Electoral Roll
  • Australian Citizenship, Permanent Residence status or eligibility under a Visa category
  • Statutory declaration
 
Acceptance and Assessment Process
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.
 
Decisions on Enrolment
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.

Review date

Reviewed annually.

The Algester State Primary School Enrolment Management Plan was operational from April 2007.

 

Mr Colin Torr

Principal, Algester State Primary School