Guidelines for a review of Years 8 – 12 placement decisions
Under the following conditions, parents can request that the principal of the selective high school reviews the selection committee’s decision not to place the student at their school:
- Even if the parents made applications to two or three selective high schools the review must be directed only to the principal of one of the three selective high schools the parents chose.
- The request for review must be in writing; emailed, faxed or posted to the school.
- The request for review must be received by the selective high school within seven (7) days of the date on which the outcome of the parent’s application to that school was sent.
A request for a review will generally be considered valid if made on one of the following grounds:
- The selection committee did not follow its own published criteria.
- A request for a review will generally not be considered valid if made on the following grounds:
- Disruption to schooling for reasons other than a medical condition affecting the student. The request for a review will not be granted on the basis that the family travelled overseas during the assessment period or that they moved to another residence.
- Incomplete documentation. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide all relevant documentary evidence at the time of application.
- The parent’s belief that another student who was successful for entry to that selective high school is considered to be performing at a lower level in classwork.(*)
If you believe you have good reason to contest a decision of the selection committee you can write to the school with detailed reasons why you think the selections committee's decision should be reviewed. Applicants can request a review of a selection committee's decision under the following conditions.
- You can request a review if you have evidence that the stated criteria for selection were not considered or that the stated process was not followed.
- A review request can be made on one school only.
- The request must be in writing - emailed, faxed or posted to the school.
- The request must be received by the selective high school with 14 days of the outcome advice being sent.
A review will be made if:
- The selection committee did not follow its own published criteria or process.
- Something unforeseen and beyond the control of the applicant or student compromised the student's performance in the assessments - provided the grounds are not excluded by the list below.
Not grounds for a review
Decisions cannot usually be reviewed if they are based on the following grounds:
- Disruption to schooling for reasons other than a medical condition - a request for a review will not be granted on the basis of family travel, moving house, participation in entertainment, sport, excursions or similar activities.
- Anxiety, depression, long-term illness or condition which affected the student's ability to demonstrate academic merit or performance in the assessments.
- Incomplete documentation - it's the applicant's responsibility to provide all required documentary evidence at the time of application.
- Another student's entry to a selective high school - entry to selective school is determined using a number of measures which may differ from classroom assessment.
- Delay in granting of a permanent residency visa.
Parents will be notified either that their request for a review is invalid or about the outcome of their request within 14 days of submitting the request.
(*) The process for selective high school entry in Years 8 to 12 ranks students in the candidature on a variety of measures including the basis of their documentary evidence of academic merit, and/or testing and/or interviews. It is possible for a student to rank differently in this process from the way they rank in class.