Nothcote High School

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Years 8 - 12 enrolment procedure

Vacancies at Years 8 to 12 

Occasionally, places become available in the school because students move away. In addition,  due to the structure of the VCE timetable, there are sometimes places available at Years 11 and 12 at the end of each year. 

The school enrols students into the school in accordance with the Department of Education (DET) Placement Policy.


Enrolment Application form for Yr 8-12

Northcote High School Enrolment Policy


The Placement Process

Students applying for placement at Northcote High School are enrolled in the following priority order, as per Department of Education guidelines:

1. Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood government school.

2. Students with a sibling at the same permanent residence who are attending the school at the same time.

3. Where the regional director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school (not applicable to Northcote High School)

4. Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds.

5. All other students in order of closeness of their home to Northcote High School.

6. In exceptional circumstances, compassionate grounds.


Families applying under priority order item 1

(Students for whom the school is the designated (closest) neighbourhood government school).

All families applying under this item in the priority order will be asked to demonstrate permanent residency in the neighbourhood area. Please see our Enrolment Policy for the documentation required.


Please also note the following:

  • * It is the responsibility of the family to provide satisfactory evidence to the school.
  • * An enrolling student is expected to live with his/her parents. Staying with a relative or friend does not qualify as permanent residence unless supported by relevant legal documentation.

If you are unable to provide this information for any reason please contact the Enrolments Officer at Northcote High School.

One of the school's four core values is 'fairness'. To be fair to our community in an environment where enrolment places are highly valued and sought after, the requirement of permanent residency in the neighbourhood area is actively monitored.


Families seeking enrolment into the current Yr 7 this year should also follow this process and complete the form entitled Year 8-12 Enrolment form, indicating it is the current Yr 7 they seek entry to.

New applications are considered in June and November (Semester changeover time).


Note: False or misleading information provided to the school will result in an Application for Enrolment being set aside.


Privacy Notice. Northcote High School needs to collect your personal information to establish that you reside within the school’s neighbourhood area. Your information will not be disclosed to any other organisation without your consent, or unless authorised or required by law. Copies of any documents you provide to establish your permanent residence are not retained. If you choose not to provide some or all of the information asked for, we may not be able to enrol your child at Northcote High School.


Designated Neighbourhood Boundary: for students applying to enrol at Years 8-12 for 2018-19 or Year 7 for 2018 only. 

The Designated Neighbourhood Boundary map below will give you an indication as to whether Northcote High School is your closest school. Other secondary schools in the area include Thornbury High School, Brunswick Secondary College, Fitzroy High School, Princes Hill Secondary College, Coburg High School.  Please note that residences indicated on the boundaries of this map may not be accurately represented - please contact the school for confirmation.


The map below does not apply for families with children applying for Year 7 in 2019.  Year 7s for 2019 should consult the 2019 Designated Neighbourhood Boundary map, as Preston High School will be accepting Year 7 enrolments from this time. 

Caution: Third party and commercial providers may make claims to be in the NHS neighbourhood area, including automated real estate sites. These may not be accurate and families are advised to check with the school before purchasing or renting a property. If you are unsure as to the status of your residence, please contact the school for confirmation.


What is a ‘Permanent Address’?

In accordance with DET Placement Policy, the designated neighbourhood school is the school nearest to the student’s permanent residence, measured in a straight line measurement door to door from home to school.


Proof of permanent residence within the school’s designated neighbourhood area is required for all applications seeking a place based on residential criteria. It is the responsibility of the family to provide satisfactory evidence to the school to demonstrate their permanent residence. 


An enrolled student residing in the neighbourhood area must live with his or her parents. Staying with a relative or friend does not qualify as guardianship and is not a criterion for enrolment unless supported by the relevant papers endorsed by the Family Court of Australia.(see also below)


Permanent residence does not mean ownership of a business in the area, or that a family have a financial interest in a property in the area unless it is the property that they live in.


The school can provide written advice as to whether a specific address is closest to Northcote High School or not.




When a family whose child is a student at Northcote High School moves out of the neighbourhood area, the School expects that, at the end of that school year, the parent/guardian will enrol their child in the neighbourhood school closest to their new residential address or any other school where places are available.

Due to demand for places from local students, the school cannot guarantee enrolment for siblings when families no longer live in the neighbourhood area.


Curriculum Claims

The Department of Education has determined that where space is available and all local students and siblings have been accommodated, students from outside the neighbourhood area may be enrolled at Northcote High School, based on curriculum need.


We anticipate there will be a limited number of these places available, as we do not have the space to accept all applications.


To seek enrolment from outside Northcote High School neighbourhood area, a Curriculum Claim Application form, articulating the reasons for the application, must be submitted with the Application for Enrolment form. These forms are available on our website and from our General Office.


Changes to Custody arrangements

Occasionally families apply for Northcote High School because child custody arrangements have changed. In this case, families are asked to provide documents verifying new living arrangements for a child. This may be a revised Parenting Plan, documenting new guardianship arrangements, or relevant Family Court orders.