Enrolment at Princes Hill Secondary College


Princes Hill Secondary College continues to experience significant enrolment pressures, and like any other Victorian secondary government school, follows a priority order of placement where there are insufficient places for all students who are seeking entry. The school has currently exceeded enrolment capacity and applies the following priority order when assessing any new enrolment.

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

Parents/carers can now locate their local government secondary college by visiting www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au, which is the single source of truth for government schools.

Permanent residency of a student must be with a parent or legal guardian (addresses of extended family members will not be considered, eg: grandparents). The address provided on the enrolment application form should be the genuine permanent residence of the student. If, after reasonable enquiries, the Principal does not accept that the address provided on the enrolment application form is the genuine permanent residence of the student, the enrolment application will not be successful. 

Permanent residency in proximity to PHSC requires:

  • Ownership and occupation of a residential property proximal to the school.
  • A long term lease (minimum 12 months) concurrent for the full duration of the year of entry to the school. All leases must be completed through a registered real estate agent. If there are concerns about the duration of a rental agreement being provided as proof of permanent address, the school will consult the family and give reasonable consideration to the family’s living circumstances. 
  • Evidence of renewal of lease when current lease expires. Students are expected to remain permanent residents throughout their child’s secondary education at PHSC. If students move their place of residence outside the zone they will be expected to relocate to a new neighbourhood school.
  • The residential property must be in the name of the parent or guardians name.
  • Residing with a relative or friend or guardian does not qualify as permanent residency unless supported by relevant legal documentation.

Proof of residency:

  • To assist PHSC in assessing your child’s eligibility for enrolment, please include in your enrolment application original or certified copies of:

    1. Rental agreements or unconditional contracts of sale plus
    2. A copy of two of the following:
    • electoral enrolment confirmation
    • council rates notices
    • other official documentation that demonstrates permanent residency at that address such as a driver’s license or health care card

    Documents should show the same address and parent’s/carer’s name as recorded on the school enrolment application form.

Please note that the permanent residency status will be actively monitored by the school. Parents are expected to update residential and contact details each school year on Compass.

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

‘Sibling’ is defined as a student who currently has an older sibling enrolled at the school. For these purposes, ‘sibling’ is defined as a relative who lives at the same residential address as the applicant. The sibling must be attending Princes Hill Secondary College in the same year that the prospective student will commence their enrolment. Sibling places will be offered based on:

  • availability of places
  • distance of permanent residence from PHSC

3. Where the regional director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school

The North Western Victoria Regional Director may restrict enrolments at a school through:

  • the application of a restricted zone and/or,
  • restricting new enrolments at the school

In determining the need for such a restriction, factors considered include the demand for places from within and outside the school’s zone, the school’s site capacity, built capacity, and the effect on and capacity at surrounding schools.

Schools are notified in writing by the Regional Director if a restriction is being applied or modified.

4. Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds

Curriculum Grounds is currently only applied for Primary School Transition Enrolments at Princes Hill Secondary College (Grade 6 to Year 7). It is is not currently being applied to Direct Enrolments at the school because of capacity constraints.

Parents or guardians applying to enrol their child on the basis of curriculum grounds must be able to demonstrate that access to a specific curriculum program available at Princes Hill Secondary College is vital to their child’s education, and is not available to them at a Secondary School closer to their home.

Curriculum Grounds places will be offered based on:

  • availability of places
  • distance of permanent residence from PHSC

5. All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.

Closeness to the school is determined based on a straight line between the student’s place of permanent residence and the school.

6. In exceptional circumstances, compassionate grounds

The Placement Policy recognises there are exceptional circumstances where a student may be unable to attend their designated neighbourhood school, or where on compassionate grounds the student should be offered a place at another government school.

In instances where there are exceptional circumstances and the student is unable to attend their designated neighbourhood school, the student will generally be offered a place at the school in next closest proximity to the student’s permanent address, unless there is substantive evidence that placement at another government school is required.

In instances where on compassionate grounds, the student is seeking a place at a specific government school, there must be substantive evidence to demonstrate that enrolment at the preferred school is required.

Each application will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Schools may request written documentation to support a request for consideration on compassionate grounds, such as reports from social workers or mental health professionals. Instances of compassionate grounds are of a sensitive nature, and the Department and schools comply with strict privacy arrangements.

Enrolment Constraints

The high retention rate at PHSC restricts our intake. Very few places become available after the initial intake of students from primary school.

Sibling and curriculum grounds applications will only be considered after local permanent residency claims are evaluated.

Applications for transfer based on residential grounds from neighbouring schools may not be granted.

Primary Transition

Students enrolling at PHSC as part of the transition from Primary School to Secondary School should click on the link below for further information about the transition process and dates.
Direct Enrolment

Students that are seeking to enrol at PHSC, other than through the standard Primary School transition from Grade 6 to Year 7 entry, should click on the link below for information about enrolment criteria and processes.
Primary Transition InformationDirect Enrolment Information

Enrolment Enquiries/Questions

Any enrolment related enquiries or questions should be directed to enrolment@phsc.vic.edu.au or call the school office on 03 9389-0600.