Sydney Boys High School - Enrolment Policy - Years 8-12

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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 other year groups.

The latest version of the Enrolment Policy was ratified by the School Council at its meeting held on 8 May 2018.

Enrolment Limits

An enrolment ceiling for each year was set as follows:

  • Years 7 and 8 (180 per Year)
  • Years 9 and 10 (210 per Year)
  • Years 11 and 12 (216 per Year)

The maximum possible enrolment is 1212 students.

Residency Requirements

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.

School Context

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.

Years 8, 9 and 11 Enrolment

Applications for places in Selective Schools for Years 8, 9 and 11 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 2021 are now closed.
Application forms for Years 8, 9 and 11 2022 will be available from mid-June 2021.


Prospective applicants should be aware that:

  • For Year 8 there are historically very few, if any, vacancies, therefore places are not generally offered.
  • For Year 9, up to 30 places and vacancies, if any, may be offered, subject to applicants satisfying the selection criteria.
  • Sydney Boys High School does not accept enrolments into Year 10, as a general rule.
  • For Year 11, up to 6 places and vacancies, if any, may be offered, subject to applicants satisfying the selection criteria.
  • Sydney Boys High School does not accept enrolments into Year 12, as a general rule.

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 $90 to cover administration costs.

The closing date for 2021 applications is Friday 24 July 2020 at 3:15 pm.

Applications received by mail or in person will not be accepted after this date or time.

Selection Criteria

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
  • 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
  • whether he has siblings already enrolled in the school
  • his desire to access single sex education
  • the impact on local public comprehensive schools
  • the effects on local area selective classes in comprehensive schools

Selection Committee

Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is chaired by the Principal. A Deputy Principal is the third member of the Committee. A parent representative is invited to assist in the selection process. The initial assessment of applications may be made by a large sub-committee of the Selection Committee, comprising 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 with the Principal.

Immediately prior to interview, applicants will be asked to sit for a 20 minute Mathematics test. The purpose of the test is to ensure that applicants can cope with Stage 5.3 Mathematics in Year 9. 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 validity, 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 applicants 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 up to 7 places for each Year group, 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.

NB: For entry into Sydney Boys High School for 2021 only, letters of offer can only be sent once the High Performing Students Unit has given its clearance to proceed.

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:
icon Guidelines for a review of Years 8 - 12 Placement Decisions

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, sister, parent, grandparent or caregiver currently attends or previously attended Sydney Boys High School or Sydney Girls High School.

Please note Family Placement is a Sydney Boys High School policy.  It can only be claimed using the application form obtained from this website.  Family Placement is not applicable to applications made using the High Performing Students Unit’s generic application form.

School Financial Contributions

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:
 Financial Contributions 2021