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School Enrolment Question

By 9 May 2014 11

My son is at school age now. I live in Forde and have an investment property in Lyneham. I am wondering if it is possible to enroll him into Lyneham school even though I don’t live in there? Do I have to move to Lyneham?

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11 Responses to School Enrolment Question
#1
theword1:43 pm, 09 May 14

I had a friend in a similar situation. I have reached out to them to find out what they did – although I’m pretty sure they had to move into the priority enrolment area in order to get into their school of choice. I’m not sure if the FAQs on priority enrolments in the ACT has any further information on this.

http://www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/enrolling_in_an_act_public_school/priority_placement_areas/frequently_asked_questions_on_priority_enrolment_areas

#2
thatsnotme2:35 pm, 09 May 14

The wording used is that the child must live in the enrolment area. Owning a property in that area doesn’t help you get priority enrolment access.

#3
7luckyring3:01 pm, 09 May 14

Thank you guys. Probably I have to move then. Becuase I heard Lyneham School is comparatively good in public schools. Is that so?

#4
dungfungus3:48 pm, 09 May 14

7luckyring said :

Thank you guys. Probably I have to move then. Becuase I heard Lyneham School is comparatively good in public schools. Is that so?

They do a course in sandwich ballistics at the Lyneham High School.
Maybe the infants school has a primer course for that subject.

#5
farq4:29 pm, 09 May 14

Not happy with the local super school offered up there?

#6
Codders1114:56 pm, 09 May 14

Lyneham is huge so students are a bit of a mixed bag. It’s probably one of the better high schools (public or private) in Canberra though. If your kid is smart and/or diligent they’ll do well there.

#7
joingler8:44 pm, 09 May 14

Codders111 said :

Lyneham is huge so students are a bit of a mixed bag. It’s probably one of the better high schools (public or private) in Canberra though. If your kid is smart and/or diligent they’ll do well there.

You could say that about any school in Canberra with the possible exception of Kingsford Smith

#8
Masquara10:16 pm, 09 May 14

7luckyring said :

Thank you guys. Probably I have to move then. Becuase I heard Lyneham School is comparatively good in public schools. Is that so?

Totally depends on what group of kids your kid ends up in with.
There are lots of offspring of academics there, who don’t need to go to a private school to do well, thanks to an academic atmosphere at home and modest affluence, but there are lots of rough kids there as well.

#9
screaming banshee6:50 am, 10 May 14

Why don’t you do what half the population of Kaleen primary does, register the kid to your grandparents address.

#10
260410:22 pm, 10 May 14

Word from the teachers I know is that it’s quite possible to get your out-of-area kid into a primary school. While in-area kids get automatic enrolment, most schools usually don’t have enough in-area kids to fill all their places. Once all the in-area kids have places, out of area kids get places in the order in which they were enroled.

You just need to front up as early as possible on the day enrolments open – as in 5-6am – and line up at the school’s entry. Then you’re the first in line and your kid is the first on the list of out-of-area kids and is very likely to get a place.

#11
sepi10:50 am, 11 May 14

This is not the case in the inner north where most schools are full and considering adding demountable classrooms for next year to cope with demand from in-area enrolments. There are several schools that won’t even accept siblings of current students if the family has moved out of area.

But if a school is not full you should have no trouble.

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