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    Default School catchment zones

    Not sure about other states, but here in QLD we have fairly strict catchment zones for public schools, and most of the time you are not able to get your child into a school which is outside of your catchment zone.

    We live in an area where our local public primary school is amaaaaazing, but the high school we fall in the catchment zone for is not so much. We planned on moving when the eldest was within a year of high school so we fell in the catchment zone of a more preferable school, but moving is going to be financial murder for us.

    So my question is, have you or would you ever use a friend or family members or work address to be in the catchment zone for your preferred school? Is that even possible? I mean, I can't recall my primary school asking for a rates notice or electricity bill to prove I live at the address I provided when I enrolled my kids, but maybe high school is stricter. It's just an idea I'm toying with and probably will never actually do, but interesting to hear if anyone else has or would.

    PS - Private school isn't an option.

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    I just moved to get my autistic son into the same school as his sister. I am a single parent, I study full time and work. It was a financial and emotional nightmare to move and despite the many letters from specialists the school would not make an exception.

    Would I lie to get my way.. no I think that kinda sets the grounds for your kid to lie.. cos lets be honest they have to be in on it!!

    I am in NSW and they want a lease agreement or rates notice. They don't except a license as proof.
    They are pretty strict here!

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    Im also in qld and someone from my town actually got charged for lying on the school application for where they live.

    I personally would just move (of course only if your able to)
    We are in the situation we want to move to another suburb but if dd goes public high school its one of the worse schools but if we stay where we are she is in a catchment with a great public high school, its just not the suburb we want to stay in

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    That would be fraud. Would you really fake your address? Both you and said friend or relative could get in strive. Plus how would you maintain the lie over time? No way.

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    I wouldn't do it anyway, I am just not comfortable lying about things. But also, I have heard some people get in really big trouble for that and at the end of the day, yeh you might get your name tarnished and cop fines etc but your kid really suffers too.

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    Default School catchment zones

    I'm in NSW and it is strict.

    Pretty sure the school would require solid proof of your address (rental lease, rates notice etc).

    My son will be attending an out of zone school purely because he has received a placement in a support class. This was decided by a district panel. It has been made clear that once DS is ready to transition into a mainst.ream class that he will have to move to his locally zoned school if we still live in our current area.

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    Thanks all. I was thinking along the lines of using my work address or mothers address not just some random made up address kind of thing, I just wasn't sure how terrible that really would be. You know, sometimes there's a fine line between whether a lie is really that bad, especially when it benefits your family and doesn't negatively impact anybody at all.
    BUT your posts have shown me that it might be more be a worse lie than what I felt it would be. I don't think I ever would have done it anyway, I'm not the lying type, just wanted to hear from others. Thanks

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    We are in Brisbane as well.

    We are very lucky in that our catchment state high school is great. The high school in the next catchment is even better in my opinion.

    We applied to both. For the one we live in the catchment for I had to supply 4 documents with my name and address on. Was made harder as the rates notice is all in DP name. In the end it was all fine, but they can request a stat dec for proof of address and lying on the application is grounds for expulsion.

    We applied to the out of catchment high school and got in there. So DD is going to the state high school in the next catchment over from us. We just had to write our address, there was no need to 'prove' where we live.

    I would suggest first week of year 6 call the high school you would prefer your child to go to and ask for an application form. They may take it and it is usually first in first accepted for out of catchment student (except for special programs) and your child may actually get into your preferred high school. Obviously this is if their numbers allow.

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    Highschools in my area (Brisbane) all have enrolment management plans. This means they fill from in area first and then look at the out of area enrolments. I've never been clear on whether or not the out of area enrolments are filled based on first in best dressed or if some sort of merit system is in place for report cards, naplan, etc.

    I would contact the school and ask about the percentage of out of area enrolments before I started setting up a fake address. Depending on the school, you may not have much trouble getting in as an out of area enrolment. I've applied out of area for three of my kids and they got in and I have a friend who had no trouble getting her child into an out of area school for year 7 2017.

    The out of area enrolment form for my kids school had questions about leadership positions held and extra curricular activities. For leadership we listed anything and everything they had done at school and then made a big deal out everything they did through scouts and girl guides. I then listed every single extracurricular activity they had ever been remotely involved in. Not too sure if it made a difference or not, but if you don't think you will be able to coordinate moving in time, I would plan ahead now and get the kids involved in lots of extracurricular activities, especially something along the lines of guides or scouts where they hold leadership positions.

    We are in area for child number four and the school asked for two forms of proof of address. I gave them a copy of a bill and I think they may have asked for a copy of my drivers licence as well. I think the schools are on top of out area scams and it isn't something I would risk. Having said that, I do know someone who rented a house in the area they wanted their kids at, then sublet it to someone else.

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    You can't just put any address down anyway for the better public schools. You need actual proof that you live there and rental paperwork isn't even enough some times.

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