Enrolment schemes - Guidelines for integrated schools
Guidelines issued by the Secretary for Education to assist integrated schools when developing enrolment schemes and to advise these schools on good practices which will enable them to manage their enrolment schemes in line with the requirements of the legislation.
Purposes and Principles
These are set out in Section 11A and their application to State integrated schools is explained in Section 11PB(1)(a). The purpose of an enrolment scheme in a State integrated school is:
- to deal with a situation where the school has, or is likely to have, more applicants for enrolment than there are places available at the school;
- to ensure that the selection of applicants for enrolment at the school is carried out in a fair and transparent manner; and
- to enable the Secretary to make the best use of existing networks of State schools.
In achieving its purpose, an enrolment scheme must, as far as possible, ensure that:
- the scheme does not exclude local students; and
- no more students are excluded from the school than is necessary to avoid the school exceeding its maximum roll or the capacity of the school buildings (whichever is the smaller).
The implications of these statements are discussed below.