The enrolment policy of Sydney Boys High School was drafted originally in 2001
by a Committee consisting of two senior members of staff, a member of the school
community and the Principal. It is reviewed annually in June. The policy
explains the process by which students gain entry to Sydney Boys High School by
local selection for vacancies in Years 8-12.
An enrolment ceiling for each year was set as follows:
- Years 7-8 (180 per Year)
- Years 9-12 (210 per Year)
The maximum possible enrolment is 1200 students.
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
Each year 180 boys are selected for entry by reference to a state-wide test administered by the High Performing Students Unit, moderated teacher assessments in English and Mathematics, and to an achievement profile supplied by applicants. Boys are offered places on the basis of a rank-ordered composite score and a preference list of up to 4 schools. Application forms are available from Selective High Schools and from State Primary Schools and District Offices. The Application Package can also be downloaded from the High Performing Students Unit website. (Sample questions from past Selective Schools Placement Tests are also available on the HPSU website). The High Performing Students Unit can be contacted on 1300 880 367 or by email at
A Placement Committee, consisting of the School Education Director, 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 Communities and the High Performing Students Unit.
Enrolment Applications for 2013 are now closed.
Application forms for Year 8 - 12 2014 will be available from mid-June 2013.
Prospective applicants should be aware that for Year 8 there are
historically very few vacancies, perhaps one each year. For Year 9, up to 25
places may be offered, subject to applicants satisfying the selection criteria.
In Year 10, there are usually very few vacancies, perhaps one a year.
In Years 11 and 12 the policy is to accept enrolments up to 205 places but
the Committee may, in special circumstances, decide to accept additional
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 $65
to cover administration costs.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 30 July 2012 at 3:15pm.
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:
- the educational history of the student
- his performance in academic competitions
- whether he has siblings already enrolled in the school
- his sporting interests and accomplishments
- his co-curricular interests and abilities
- his reasons for wishing to attend SBHS
- the availability of subjects/courses or combinations of these
- his proximity and ease of access to the school
- compassionate circumstances
- his desire to access single sex education
- the impact on local public comprehensive schools
- the effects on local area selective classes in comprehensive schools
Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee. The Selection
Committee is chaired by the Principal as nominee of the School Education
Director, Bondi. A Deputy Principal acts 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 School Education Director and the
community member for review and comment.
If vacancies exist, a Placement List is created and students are offered
places. One place is reserved for seven days after unsuccessful letters
are sent to applicants in case a Selection Committee decision is appealed. 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
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 or
sister, parent, grandparent, guardian or caregiver currently attends or
previously attended Sydney Boys High School or Sydney Girls High School.