Brunswick Heads Public School

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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

If you live in our intake area and would like to apply to enrol at our school, start by submitting an online enrolment application. Online enrolment is currently only available for Australian or New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

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

Online enrolment can also be used for out-of-area enrolment. Please note that out-of-area enrolment procedures are subject to the department’s enrolment policy.

Enrolment applications are finalised at the school.

For more information, visit sTpe school enrolment.

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Moving to high school

Visit the moving to high school page to find out more about the transition of year 6 students into year 7.

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.


Brunswick Heads Public School is a NSW Government school and works collaboratively within the BOMBB (Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby, Bangalow and Byron Bay Public Schools) and Lighthouse Valley Learning Communities to provide high quality education for all school-age students. Any child between the ages of six and seventeen is required to be enrolled at a government, registered non-government school or training, and is to attend on each day that instruction is provided or to be registered for home schooling. It is the duty of the parent or carer of the student to ensure that these obligations are fulfilled.

General Principles Governing Enrolment

A student is considered to be enrolled when he or she is placed on the admission register of a school. Children are entitled to be enrolled at the government school that is designated for the intake area within which the child’s home is situated and that the child is eligible to attend.

Brunswick Heads Public School’s intake zone can be found by viewing the image below. This zone has been approved by the Principals of Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby Public Schools and by the Director, Public Schools NSW.

No person will be discriminated against enrolment on the grounds of their sex, age, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual preference or marital status.

Enrolment Ceiling

Brunswick Heads Public School has an enrolment ceiling based on 7 permanent classrooms or 187 students. This is calculated by averaging 26.75 enrolments in each class. The Staffing Agreement houses 20 students in Kindergarten classes, 22 students in Year 1 classes, 24 students in Year 2 classes and 30 enrolments in Years 3-6 classes.


Brunswick Heads Public School provides a buffer to accommodate designated intake students enrolling throughout the year. A 10% buffer will cater for local enrolments. The buffer may also be applied to specific grades whereby classes will be declared full to out of zone enrolments when they are at 90% capacity: Kindergarten – 18 per class, Year 1 – 20 per class, Year 2 – 22 per class and Years 3-6 27 per class. No non-local places will be offered past 167 students, unless particular urgent circumstances apply and there is no potential impact on the class structure.


During 2018 and 2019 siblings will be considered as ‘in-zone’ enrolments, however, after 2019 all students residing outside of Brunswick Heads’ zone will be considered ‘out of zone’ enrolments. Once students are enrolled, they may maintain their enrolment regardless of a change of address.

Placement Panel

A Placement Panel will consider applications and make recommendations when demand for non-local places exceeds availability. The panel will includes the one Assistant Principal, classroom teacher and one school community member nominated by the School’s P&C organisation. The panel will be chaired by the Assistant Principal, who will have a casting vote.

Local Enrolment Applications

A student whose address falls within the designated intake area will be entitled to enrol at Brunswick Heads Public School, in accordance with the policies of the NSW Department of Education.

Proof of residence is required to substantiate the application. The school must sight original documentation and all documents must be in the parent/s name and will be confirmed by the school.

• Children may enrol for Kindergarten if they turn five years of age on or before 31 July in that year. Original documentation providing proof of age is required. Either birth certificate or passport can be used for this information. Applicants will be asked to establish proof of identity, Australian Citizenship or either residency or visa status.

• All parents enrolling must produce a proof of immunisation status.

An interview with the Principal or delegated executive member will be held with all new enrolments. A checklist form will be completed during the interview to determine any special needs, including ESL and funding support for disabilities.

Non-Local Enrolment Applications

Applications for non-local enrolments will be considered only when there are places available in the school. The enrolment will not create the need for additional staff and accommodation under any circumstances.

If the above criteria are met, the following could permit the acceptance of an application:

1. Siblings are already enrolled at Brunswick Heads Public School (until 2019)

2. Have siblings who have attended Brunswick Heads Public School in the past (until 2019)

3. Proximity and access to Brunswick Heads Public School

4. Special interest, abilities or specific programs (for example, Indonesian or broader Bundjalung Language)

5. Extreme compassionate circumstances

6. Substantial student welfare / wellbeing interests

7. Students who leave the school and then return

Waiting Lists

A waiting list will be established for non-local students. All applications received will be dated and numbered. This will be used when considering non-local area applications. Parents will be advised that their child is to be placed on a waiting list.

Waiting lists are current for one calendar year only.


Where a parent wishes to appeal against the decision of the placement panel, the appeal should be made in writing to the Principal. The Principal will seek to resolve the matter.

If the matter is not resolved at the local level, the Director, Public Schools NSW will consider the appeal and make a determination. The Director, Public Schools NSW will consult with the Principal as necessary. The purpose of the appeal is to determine whether the stated criteria have been applied fairly.

Refusal of Enrolment

Under NSW Department of Education policy, the Principal may refuse enrolment of a student on the grounds of previously documented violent behaviour, if there is evidence that the student has not learned the appropriate skills to manage this behaviour.

This policy will be reviewed in January 2019.


Moving overseas

Moving overseas and need school reports authenticated for DFAT? 

Email to arrange to bring original documents to 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta 2150.