Sydney Boys High School - Enrolment Policy
The Enrolment Policy of Sydney Boys High School was drafted originally in 2001 by a School Community Committee and ratified by the School Council. It is reviewed annually each June. The policy explains the process by which students gain entry into Sydney Boys High School. The Year 7 process for enrolment differs from the process used to fill vacancies in Years 8-12.
The latest version of the Enrolment Policy was ratified by the School Council at its meeting held on 10 December 2013.
An enrolment ceiling for each year was set as follows:
The maximum possible enrolment is 1204 students.
Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of a visa granting permanent resident status in Australia. Proof of citizenship/residency must be provided.
Parents must be living in NSW by the beginning of the school year. Proof of NSW residency must also be provided.
Sydney Boys High School is an academically strong, single sex government school. It caters for the needs of gifted students. It is a member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools - AAGPS or GPS as it is referred to. The GPS relationship which has involved SBHS since 1906 includes participation in sporting competitions held AFTER SCHOOL HOURS, principally on Saturdays and Friday nights.
Prospective applicants should be aware that our strong expectation is that boys will participate in competitive team sports. Students are expected to compete in a minimum of two GPS sports each year.
Year 7 Enrolment
A Placement Committee, consisting of the Principal, a Deputy Principal and a parent representative, is involved in the process of selecting students entering Year 7. It considers a variety of additional information supplied by applicants to the High Performing Students Unit. The Committee decides on various claims and illness, misadventure reports. The Placement Committee signs off on a finalised rank order list of applicants’ scores. Places are then offered according to High Performing Students Unit protocols.
Years 8 - 12 Enrolment
Applications for places in Selective Schools for Years 8-12 are advertised in the media from late June each year. Each school has its own policy in respect of filling occasional vacancies. Sydney Boys High has its own expanded Application Form. It is strongly recommended that applicants download and use a form below, or collect one from the school.
All applications are subject to the requirements and procedures of the Department of Education and the High Performing Students Unit.Enrolment Applications for 2017 are now closed.
Application forms for Year 8 - 12 2018 will be available from mid-June 2017.
Prospective applicants should be aware that:
The Application and Selection Process - Years 8 - 12
Please complete the application form, but before doing so, please read page six of the form which contains examples of information that may be included in support of your application. Supply a copy of each of your last two School Reports. Do not supply any other documents. If you are selected for interview you will then be required to support your claims with appropriate evidence. Return your application to the school, accompanied by a payment of $85 to cover administration costs.
The closing date for 2017 applications is Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 3:15 pm.
Applications received by mail or in person will not be accepted after this date or time.
Students selected for enrolment at SBHS are expected to support and enhance the ethos of the school in its pursuit of academic excellence, through its competition in the AAGPS and by participation in a range of co-curricular activities. The Selection Committee considers:
Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is chaired by the Principal. Deputy Principals act as the Principal’s nominee. A community member is invited to assist in the selection process. The initial assessment of applications is made by a large sub-committee of the Selection Committee, comprising senior teacher assessors, trained in the assessment procedures applied under the local selection policy. Each application is assessed at least twice and the assessors’ scores are tallied and recorded. Once a rank order list is created, the Committee decides on the number of interviews that will be held after reviewing the recommendations of the sub-committee. Applicants are then invited for interview. At this stage, the applicants’ abilities, interests and achievements are taken into consideration, including their academic and post-school aspirations, their fit with the school’s ethos in terms of their co-curricular and sporting activities, their demonstrated commitment to the values of the school, appropriate course vacancies and the accuracy and quality of their accompanying documentation. At the conclusion of the process, the Principal discusses the revised rank order list with the Selection Committee Members and a final rank order list is completed. The rank order lists are shared with the community member for review and comment.
If vacancies exist, a Placement List is created and students are offered places. A Reserve List for future vacancies is created as a result of the process. As vacancies arise applicants are contacted and places are offered. The Reserve List is current until the application process for the following year commences in July and is usually limited to five places for each Year but may be adjusted to reflect revised expectations of potential vacancies. Overseas students and misadventure students are considered for the Placement or Reserve Lists as appropriate when interviews can be arranged. Successful applicants are either offered places or advised of their position on the Reserve List. Applicants are also informed that their position on the Reserve List may be varied if overseas students and misadventure applicants displace them on the list as a result of late interviews. In addition, they are informed that should a variation to their rank order on the Reserve List occur, then they will be informed in writing.
Review of Placement Decisions
Under certain conditions, parents can request that the Principal reviews the decision made by the Years 8 - 12 Placement Committee. Please refer to the following guidelines:
Family Placement Claim
Where two or more boys have equal merit, a boy with a family placement claim will be given priority. A family placement claim can be made if a brother, father or grandfather currently attends or previously attended Sydney Boys High School.
All NSW public schools can request contributions to enhance their educational
and sporting programs. The school determines the level for contributions
and subject contributions in consultation with the school community as part of
the school budget process. Sydney Boys High School has set its contribution
amounts as follows: