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Penrith Selective High School

Penrith Selective High School

Altiora Peto - Striving for the highest

Telephone02 4721 0529

Emailpenrith-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Enrolment

Admissions 

Our school can help with enrolment queries throughout the year.

As an academically selective school, Penrith Selective High School has a rigorous admissions process.

Applications and offers for 2022 are now complete and finalised.

Applications for Year 7 2023 have closed.

For students seeking entry in Year 7 2024 

The High Performing Students Unit of the Department of Education conducts an entrance test in mid-March of Year 6 for entry into Year 7 the following year. Families are advised to see the link below for specific details about the test and structure.  All Year 7 applications must now be completed online.

Application for entry into Year 7 is to be made in November when the student is in Year 5 and the test will be administered in March when the student is in Year 6.  For example, students wishing to enter Year 7 2024 must apply by November 2022.

Key dates for Year 7 2023 and 2024 can be found here: 

https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/general-information

Information about entry to Year 7 in Selective High Schools is available at the following link:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/year-7

Telephone: 1300 880 367                               Email: ssu@det.nsw.edu.au

 

For students seeking entry in Years 8 to 11 for 2023

Application for entry to Penrith Selective High School in Years 8 to 11 in 2023 will open on Tuesday 21st June 2022 and close on Friday 22nd July 2022 at 3pm. The school will conduct the High Ability Selection Test (HAST) during August and September. 

Those seeking entry must:

  1. Download and complete the NSW Department of Education application form (Sample form only).  
  2. Pay the application fee via Penrith Selective High School Website https://penrith-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/payment.html#/student-details  (Download a copy of the receipt)
  3. Submit 2023 Application Form and required supporting documents via Google Form link by Friday 22nd July 3pm. https://forms.gle/WnXA8sbMCxiJif3u5
  4. Complete the High Ability Selection Test (HAST) on Saturday August 6, 2022.

Additional details about the NSW Department of Education’s 8-11 application process can be found via this link:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes/years-8-to-12

Entry Requirements

Students must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of NSW. 

Students cannot automatically transfer between selective high schools. If a student is already enrolled at a selective high school and wants to go to another, the parents must fill out an application form for entry and lodge it directly with the selective high school they want their child to attend and follow the application procedures.

Each Application must include the following:

  • A copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate or passport. If not born in Australia, Australian Citizenship or Visa records are suitable.
  • A copy of your payment receipt.

Required Supporting Documents (submit copies ONLY)

(Note: these support documents are to be merged into the ONE PDF)

  • Student's 2021 half-yearly and yearly reports, and the 2022 half-yearly report (This may be submitted via email after the closing date if your current school has not released this before)
  • Last NAPLAN reports. For students applying for Year 11, please provide your last two NAPLAN reports.
  • Evidence of external academic achievements (eg: ICAS etc) for the past two years. (Maximum of 10 pages)
  • Evidence of participation in extra-curricular activities.  (Maximum of 10 pages)

 

Testing / Payment Process

You may apply for entry to a maximum of three selective high schools. To gain entry to the below selective schools in Years 8 - 11 your child will need to sit the Higher Ability Selection Test (HAST) developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Melbourne. Details about the test and practice materials are available via this link.

If your first preference is Penrith Selective High School, you will need to apply and pay for the test at Penrith Selective High School prior to the closing date.  Your child will then sit the test at Penrith Selective High School on Saturday 6th August 2022.

If your first preference from the list below is not Penrith Selective High School you must apply, pay for and sit the test at the school you nominate on your application form as your first preference. If Penrith Selective High School is your second or third preference, you must still submit an application form and pay the application fee to us so we can register your preference. However, you cannot sit the test at Penrith Selective High School if we are not your first preference.

Each high school must receive their own application form and the order of preference must be listed the same on all applications. If the test date is the same, the student is to sit the test at their first preference school.

Penrith Selective High School shares results with:

  • Hornsby Girls High School
  • Hurlstone Agricultural High School
  • Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly Campus
  • St George Girls High School
  • Gosford High School
  • Caringbah High School
  • Fort Street High School (Year 11 Exam)
  • Girraween High School

Penrith Selective High School charge an application fee of $130 for the students to sit for the test or a $50 fee if you are applying to our school but sitting the test at another school (ie- we are not your first preference). The administration fee pays for the setting and marking of the test, the supervision on the day and the processing of applications for students not sitting the test at Penrith Selective High School.  The Selective Test date is Saturday 6th August 2022.

To make a payment: https://penrith-h.schools.nsw.gov.au/

Payment Reference Guide:

Payment Examples

To assist with understanding what fee is required when applying, the examples below will assist:

If Penrith Selective High School is preference 1, applicants pay $130 and sit the exam at Penrith.

  1. Penrith Selective High School - $130
  2. Girraween High School
  3. Hornsby Girls High School

If any of these schools are preference 1 then they will pay that school and sit the exam there:

  1. Girraween High School (refer to Girraween High School Website for test fee)
  2. Penrith Selective High School - $50
  3. Hornsby Girls High School

If Penrith is preference 2 and preference 1 is not one of the above schools e.g. Blacktown Boys High School, then applicants pay $130 when applying to Penrith and sit the exam here.

  1. Blacktown Boys High School
  2. Penrith Selective High School - $130
  3. Girraween High School

Preparing your Submission

Applications are to be submitted via the Google Form provided or in person.

Please follow these steps when applying via the Google Form.

1.    Download and complete the NSW Department of Education application form.  

2.    Pay the application fee via Penrith Selective High School Website  (Link) (Remember to download and save a copy of the receipt)

3.    Complete the Google Form - https://forms.gle/WnXA8sbMCxiJif3u5

(a)  Fill in the required text boxes ensuring all the information on your application form replicates the information being filled out in the Enrolment Submission Google Form

(b)  Upload Required Documents in their separate fields. Please ensure these documents have been converted over to pdf format and have your child’s full name and year applying for as the title.

(c)  Upload your child's Birth Certificate or Passport, and if not born in Australia, their Citizenship or Visa. (PDF format only) Note: save the file as the applicants full name and year they are applying for E.g., Jack Smith Year 9 Birth Certificate

(d)  Upload your application fee payment receipt. ($130 if sitting the test at Penrith Selective High School or $50 if not sitting the test at Penrith Selective High School) Note: save the file as the applicants full name and year they are applying for E.g., Jack Smith Year 9 Payment Receipt

(e)  Upload the 2023 Application form completely filled out. (PDF format only) Note: save the file as the applicants full name and year they are applying for E.g., Jack Smith Year 9 Application Form

(f)   Upload supporting documents. These documents need to be converted into one pdf file and have your child’s full name and year applying for as the title.

(g)  Tick off checklist to ensure you have filled in the enrolment form, attached required/supporting documents and paid the application fee.

Once you have submitted your enrolment form and supporting documents, you will receive an email from Penrith Selective High School with a submission receipt and information regarding the HAST examination. Correspondence will be sent to the email provided in the google form. Submission receipt correspondence can take up to 5 days.

Late applications will not be accepted. Applications are not accepted via email or post.

All information is available at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/selective-high-schools-and-opportunity-classes

The Selection Process

In determining academic merit, the selection committee will consider:

  1. The results of the entry test
  2. The application with its supporting documentation as listed below
  3. Interviews which may be conducted as part of the selection process

Student numbers at our school are limited to 150 in Year 7 and generally 150 students in years 8 and 9. Up to 24 additional students are admitted into year 10. A small increase in students exists in Year 11, but admission of new students is not made in Year 12. 

Generally, only a small number of places (average 3-6 spaces per cohort) become available at Penrith Selective High School in Years 8, 9 and 11 with a larger intake into year 10.

For students seeking entry into Year 12

We do not accept enrolments into the Year 12 academic year. 

Further information may be obtained by emailing: 

penrith h.school@det.nsw.edu.au (Attention: Admissions)

Additional Documentation 

 

Our school can help with enrolment queries throughout the year.

Local enrolment area

Check your address on School Finder to see if it is within our local intake area. Most schools have designated local enrolment areas. Note: local enrolment areas are subject to change.

How to enrol

Apply online. If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident you are eligible to complete the online enrolment application. You will then need to finalise the application at the school.

If you are not eligible or prefer not to enrol online, use the application to enrol (PDF 768.4KB) form. Please complete the form in English. A translated application to enrol may help you do this.

For more information, visit secondary school enrolment.

For more information, visit:

Out-of-area enrolments

As outlined in the department’s enrolment policy, our school may accept enrolments from outside our local enrolment area if places are available.

We will assess applications for non-local enrolment on a case-by-case basis.

Temporary visas and international students

The Temporary Residents Program has information about eligibility and the forms to complete an application.

Distance education

Distance education is an equity program for students who are geographically isolated or whose individual circumstances prevent them from regularly attending school. Students must meet one of the conditions in the Distance Education Enrolment Procedures to be eligible to access this program as a full-time student.

For more information about educational opportunities in rural areas, visit Rural and distance education.

Moving overseas

Moving overseas and need school reports authenticated for DFAT? 

Email document.authentication@det.nsw.edu.au to arrange to bring original documents to 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta 2150.