Many parents/carers are making enquiries about enrolling their son or daughter for Year 7. It is hoped that the following information will answer many of your questions. If further information is required, please contact Sarah Collins or Angela Louis (Transition Coordinators) or Morgan Wyatt (Head of Year 7).
The process for enrolment in a State Secondary School is as follows:
- Parents and Guardians are given an ‘Application for Enrolment’ form by their child’s primary school. Choices for secondary schools can be listed in preference order.
- The local neighbourhood secondary school will be listed on this form. The local neighbourhood secondary school is the one closest to your permanent residence, measured by the shortest road route. If it is not listed, please use the ‘find my school’ website to locate your neighbourhood school: https://www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au/
- The preference form is returned to your child’s primary school.
- The primary school then sends these forms to the relevant secondary school.
- The primary school will notify parents or guardians of the secondary school to be attended.
- In most cases the secondary school listed as your first preference will accept enrolment of your child.
Some secondary schools have education department permission to limit enrolments from outside of their neighbourhood zone once an agreed maximum enrolment has been reached. This arrangement is often called a ‘cap’ on enrolment and is usually because the school has no physical capacity to expand. If this is the case your second preference will be activated.
As of 2023, Lilydale High School has capacity limits on Year 7 enrolments.
As per the Victorian Education website (italics):
Parents and carers are able to appeal against a school’s decision not to provide a placement. This can occur in relation to enrolments at Foundation, placements at Year 7, or placements at other year levels.
Appealing a Year 7 placement decision
In the case of appeals regarding Foundation enrolment or Year 7 placement decisions, there is a set date by which time the school must respond to parents/carers lodging an appeal, usually 2 to 3 weeks after the appeals period closes.
Appeals need to be lodged with the preferred secondary school, in writing by Friday 28th July, 2023. You must use the Appeal Form – please see your child’s Primary School to obtain the appropriate paperwork.
Appeals are considered by the school’s placement or enrolment committee and/or principal, and the school’s decision will be communicated to the parent/carer in writing. In assessing the appeal, the school will check to ensure compliance with the priority order of placement, and the processes for verifying permanent address, as appropriate. Schools will assess and make a determination for appeals on compassionate grounds on a case-by-case basis.
Secondary Schools will provide written notification to families of the outcome of the appeal by Tuesday 8th August, 2023.
If the appeal at the school level is unsuccessful and parents/carers are not satisfied that the school has correctly applied the Placement Policy or adequately considered their circumstances, they are able to escalate the appeal to the relevant regional director, by lodging an appeal in writing. Appeals to the regional director must be lodged by the set closing date (as advised in the statewide timeline documents for Foundation enrolment and Year 7 placement).
Appeals to the relevant Department of Education Regional Director are due by Tuesday 22nd August, 2023.
Appeals to the regional director are considered by a panel of senior regional staff which then provides advice and a recommendation to the regional director who makes the final decision. This concludes the appeal process.
Selecting a High School for your child
In preparation for your decision, it is suggested that you make time to visit the secondary schools that interest you and attend their Open Night.
Lilydale High School Information Evening
- 2024 Information Night (To be confirmed)
- 6.30 pm
- School Hall
We invite prospective families to phone the school on 9735 5644 to find out more about what Lilydale High School has to offer your son or daughter.
At Lilydale High School tours are conducted during normal school hours starting at 9.00 am, from the School Office. BOOK A TOUR HERE
Virtual School Tour
Please take the VIRTUAL TOUR of our school to see what Lilydale High School has to offer your son or daughter.
Wendy Powson, Principal