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    Default Spin off: Out of Area Applications for Schools

    Want to try and get our daughter into out of area school (it's still close, just different).
    The local school is REALLY rough and most neighbours and friends we know send their kids out of area, otherwise it would have been balanced and fine!

    We have the paperwork and want to be honest, but don't know which of our reasons we should emphasise.

    Our reasons (off the top of my head):
    * We want a balanced, fair and safe environment
    * We want our child to have the opportunity to work at their level and for the teachers to have high expectations of all students no matter their ability
    * We want our children to go to school with a mix of demographics and SES families
    * We want a school environment where education is valued
    * We want our children to have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities
    * We want our children to enjoy their learning experience, make friends and be happy to go there everyday
    * We want our children's school to be nearby and to be involved in their learning community

    How have other people gone with this sort of situation and what sort of reasons were acceptable?

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    At a minimum you need to say which State you're in. The rules differ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnc View Post
    at a minimum you need to say which state you're in. The rules differ.
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    I have just applied for out of area for next year.

    Basically, I looked on the school website as it has an out of area policy. I also read the school's annual report to see which areas they promote/excel at. I wrote a letter stating that I would need to utilise their before and after school care. I said that I wanted my children to experience a broad curriculum and extra-curricular activities they offer. I said that their school uniforms looked great when I see children from the school at local parks and that parents at said parks who I spoke to were always happy with the school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I have just applied for out of area for next year.

    Basically, I looked on the school website as it has an out of area policy. I also read the school's annual report to see which areas they promote/excel at. I wrote a letter stating that I would need to utilise their before and after school care. I said that I wanted my children to experience a broad curriculum and extra-curricular activities they offer. I said that their school uniforms looked great when I see children from the school at local parks and that parents at said parks who I spoke to were always happy with the school.
    Thank you. We have also heard good things about the school and their principal. Will look into whether they have OOSH as that will be important in a few years - good idea.

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    In NSW, as I understand it, the decision is made by a panel of the school to which you are applying. They are required to make available the criteria for acceptance (hopefully on their website, but you may need to call them). My advice would be to obtain the criteria and then write an application tailored appropriately, if you get what I mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ted View Post
    Thank you. We have also heard good things about the school and their principal. Will look into whether they have OOSH as that will be important in a few years - good idea.
    Do you know if they get many out of area applications?

    The school I applied for do.

    The school I work at doesn't have an out of area policy, we accept anyone

    Have you been to the school you're in area for to check it out? I work in the school that people don't want their kids to go to and it's really not that bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Do you know if they get many out of area applications?

    The school I applied for do.

    The school I work at doesn't have an out of area policy, we accept anyone

    Have you been to the school you're in area for to check it out? I work in the school that people don't want their kids to go to and it's really not that bad!
    Unfortunately they do get a lot of out of areas, and so does the next school on our list - thinking we might go and see if someone can give us a tour of both our local and the two that we are looking at to get a better idea. Though it will just be me as my husband can't get time off work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ted View Post
    Unfortunately they do get a lot of out of areas, and so does the next school on our list - thinking we might go and see if someone can give us a tour of both our local and the two that we are looking at to get a better idea. Though it will just be me as my husband can't get time off work.
    What area are you in?

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    My son is in an out of area school...they get a lot of applications as they are a g&t school...they have a limit on how many they will accept.

    We went on a tour with the deputy, explained why we were looking at them and why we were leaving our old school. I had his reports from his current school on me and all the paperwork needed to immediately enrol him. After the tour and talking with the principal we were offered a spot but had to wait 6 months for the new year to start as they were already at their current maximum.

    Def go on a tour, put your reasons to match what the school offers (be it a difference in language taught from your "designated school", before/after school care, academic strengths, music or artistic difference, values difference) and state the reasons you think your child will be an asset to their school.

    Also state what you and your DH could add to the community.

    We are so glad we got him in to his new school...best thing we have ever done.

    good luck

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