Primary Transition

The information below covers the process of students transitioning from primary school to Year 7 at Princes Hill Secondary College (PHSC). The Department of Education has set out a clear set of steps for students moving from primary to secondary school and the information provided below should be read in conjunction with Moving from primary to secondary school: information for parents.

Enrolment Priority Order

Princes Hill Secondary College is subject to enrolment restrictions as stipulated by the Department of Education and Training (DET) enrolment policy. Please see the Enrolment page for details on the priority order applied for new enrolments.

Primary School to Year 7 Transition Enrolment Process

The following steps outline the enrolment process for students in Year 6 at a Government Primary School in 2020 wishing to commence Year 7 at Princes Hill Secondary College in 2021:

14/04/2020 onwardsPrimary schools distribute a transition pack to all parents/carers of Year 6 Students 2020.
29 Apr 2020 Information Evening Sessions held in the College Library, Level 2 at PHSC held at 5pm and also at 7pm.
15 May 2020 Last date to return Application for Year 7 Placement 2021 to Primary School.
22 May 2020 Last day to submit Curriculum Grounds Application to Princes Hill Secondary College (see below for details).
05 Aug 2020 Parents notified of results of placement application by Primary School.
06 Aug 2020 Parents/Carers may commence lodging non-placement appeals with secondary schools.
05 Aug 2020 Secondary schools are not permitted by DET to enter into any communication regarding enrolments prior to this date.
17 Aug 2020 Closing date for parents to lodge a non-placement appeal with secondary school.
28 Aug 2020 Secondary schools notify all parents/carers who have lodged a non placement appeal with an outcome by this date.
11 Sep 2020 Closing date for lodging appeals to Regional Director where they are unsuccessful with their appeal to the secondary school.
09 Oct 2020 Last day to accept PHSC offer for Year 7 2021.
07 Nov 2020 Academic Assessment Services Testing for all Year 7 2020 PHSC students. 8.30am – 12.30pm.
08 Dec 2020 Orientation Day for Year 7 2020.

All families seeking a Year 7 enrolment at the Princes Hill Secondary College must complete the Department of Education and Training (DET) Application for Year 7 Placement made available from their Primary School in April each year. Families applying with proximity to school or sibling claims must ensure that this information is recorded on that form and that the form is returned to their Primary School by the due date specified in the table above.

Additional Requirements for Curriculum Grounds Applications

Families intending to list Princes Hill Secondary College as their preferred school and seek enrolment on the basis of Curriculum Grounds must apply in writing by 3.00pm Friday 22nd May 2020 and must submit:

Curriculum grounds applications must be substantiated through letters from Primary School teachers, tutors or appropriate sources:

  • Music – Examples of relevant documents which provide evidence of at least 18 months of tuition, within the 2 years prior to the desired year of enrolment, in at least 2 instruments which may include voice. Written verification is required from a qualified music teacher. This documentation will be followed up by the school in person. Note, participation in a choir or ensemble alone does not meet this requirement.
  • French – Examples of relevant documents include attending a French immersion school and / or formal timetabled instruction / tuition in French language for a minimum of two years.

Parents are advised to put PHSC as the first preference on the Application for Yr 7 Placement form provided by their Primary School to ensure their application is considered in the first round of offers.

Allocation of Places

Following the closing date all applications will be reviewed and places allocated on the basis of the priority order outlined on the Enrolment page. Additional information may be sought from the applicants or their Primary School.

All families will be officially notified of the outcome of their placement application by their Primary School. Princes Hill Secondary College will also confirm the outcome by letter after notification by the Primary School. Successful applicants must indicate acceptance of their offer by returning the form provided in the PHSC letter by the “Last day to accept PHSC offer” outlined in the table above. The College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of a place if the circumstances of the applicant relevant to the priority order change. This will also be the case if substantiation documentation cannot be provided or verified.


Any family who has applied for Princes Hill Secondary College on their Application for Year 7 Placement form, but is not offered a place, is able to request a review of that decision. Advice regarding the appeal process will be forwarded to unsuccessful applicants, as requested. Reviews will be undertaken by the PHSC Principal and Regional Officers of the Department of Education and Training. Outcomes of the review will be reported to families in writing and the determination of the review will be final.

Waiting List Offers

Princes Hill Secondary College generally experiences some fluctuation in acceptance of offers and may be able to offer further places after the appeals process is complete. Families will be given the option of being placed on a waiting list for a place. Any places will be allocated as they become available, on the basis of the priority order outlined on the Enrolment page.