Grafton HS hits out-of zone quota

Grafton HS out-of-zone limit hit

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - Jar­rard Pot­ter jar­rard.pot­ter@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

GRAFTON High School has reached its out-of-zone en­rol­ment quota for Year 7 stu­dents next year, throw­ing many par­ents’ plans into dis­ar­ray.

A NSW De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion spokesman con­firmed a let­ter was sent out to some par­ents last week who live out of the catch­ment zone of Grafton High School but were at­tempt­ing to se­cure a place for their child for next year.

“Some stu­dents liv­ing in the South Grafton High School catch­ment have ap­plied to en­rol out of zone at Grafton High School, but have not been suc­cess­ful be­cause Grafton High School does not have any more out-of-zone places avail­able,” the spokesman said.

“The De­part­ment’s en­rol­ment pol­icy ex­plains how schools can con­sider out of-zone en­rol­ments if they have spare per­ma­nent class­room space once lo­cal stu­dents are en­rolled.

“Schools able to con­sider out-of-zone ap­pli­ca­tions of­ten give hav­ing a sib­ling al­ready at the school a high pri­or­ity, but they are not in a po­si­tion to give guar­an­tees given the pri­or­ity that must be given to lo­cal

en­rol­ments.”

Water­view Heights res­i­dent Jo Drum­mond was plan­ning for her son Cor­ban to go to Grafton High School next year, af­ter at­tend­ing pri­mary school at Grafton Public School.

“He has been there since kinder­garten, and on the let­ter that we re­ceived it said that if he did at­tend pri­mary school in Grafton he could go to Grafton High School, but be­cause of the num­bers they just couldn’t fit him in,” she said.

“I was hop­ing to get him in there be­cause I work in Grafton half a block from the school so if any­thing hap­pened I’d be close. His younger brother goes to school in Grafton too, and most of Cor­ban’s friends are go­ing to Grafton High School next year too. We just thought that he would just get in there, but it wasn’t the case.”

Ms Drum­mond said the ex­pe­ri­ence has lead to a pos­i­tive out­come, with Cor­ban set to start Year 7 at South Grafton High School next year.

“We got the thank you but no thank you let­ter (last week) and that day we rang Grafton (High School), I spoke to the prin­ci­pal and he just said his hands were tied, it came from higher up” she said.

“I rang South Grafton High School that morn­ing and had an in­ter­view and walk around that af­ter­noon with the deputy prin­ci­pal. He asked Cor­ban lots of ques­tions, and asked what sub­jects he liked and didn’t like, things like that, and he walked us around the whole school. We were there for more than an hour. He asked what sub­jects he liked and made sure he took us into ac­tive classes to see what they were do­ing. It was re­ally good, and ev­ery­one was re­ally help­ful.”

❝ We just thought that he would just get in there. — Jo Drum­mond

PHOTO: ADAM HOURI­GAN

EX­CITED FOR THE FU­TURE: Jo Drum­mond with her son Cor­ban, who will go to South High next year.

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