Sydney Boys High School - Enrolment Policy - Year 7

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The Enrolment Policy of Sydney Boys High School was drafted originally in 2001 by a School Community Committee and ratified by the School Council. It is reviewed annually. The policy explains the process by which students gain entry into Sydney Boys High School. The Year 7 process for enrolment differs from the process used to fill vacancies in other year groups. The latest version of the Enrolment Policy was ratified by the School Council at its meeting held on 8 March 2022.

Enrolment Limits

An enrolment ceiling for each year was set as follows:

  • Years 7 and 8 (180 per Year)
  • Years 9 and 10 (210 per Year)
  • Years 11 and 12 (216 per Year)

The maximum possible enrolment is 1212 students.

Residency Requirements

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of a visa granting permanent resident status in Australia. Proof of citizenship/residency must be provided. Parents must be living in NSW by the beginning of the school year. Proof of NSW residency must also be provided.

School Context

Sydney Boys High School is an academically strong, single sex government school. It caters for the needs of gifted students. It is a member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools - AAGPS or GPS as it is referred to. The GPS relationship which has involved SBHS since 1906 includes participation in sporting competitions held AFTER SCHOOL HOURS, principally on Saturdays and Friday nights.

Prospective applicants should be aware that our strong expectation is that boys will participate in competitive team sports. Students are expected to compete in a minimum of two GPS sports each year. Competition games are held on Saturdays.

Year 7 Enrolment

Each year 180 students are selected for entry by reference to a state-wide test administered by the Selective Education Unit, moderated teacher assessments in English and Mathematics. Students are offered places on the basis of a rank-ordered composite score and a preference list of up to three schools. Application forms are available from Selective High Schools and from State Primary Schools and District Offices. The Application Package can also be downloaded from the Selective Education Unit website. (Sample questions from past Selective High Schools Placement Tests are also available on the SEU website). The Selective Education Unit can be contacted on 1300 880 367 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Purposeful Grouping of Students

Applicants to Sydney Boys High School need to be aware that Purposeful Grouping is an aspect of student organisation. Year 7 students are grouped for a range of purposes. Boys are grouped together to meet identified needs or to bring together students with similar interests and/or abilities. Ability Grouping is one of the features of this school. Ability grouping occurs in some classes in Stage 5. The article Ability Grouping on this website outlines the rationale behind this approach.

School Financial Contributions

All NSW public schools can request contributions to enhance their educational and sporting programs. The school determines the level for contributions and activities contributions in consultation with the school community as part of the school budget process. Sydney Boys High School has set its contribution amounts, ratified by the School council at its 8 March 2022 meeting, as follows:
 Financial Contributions 2024