what age do you start secondary school

Children born between 1 April and 31 August can start the September after they turn 5.
Most children start school full-time in the September after they turn 4.

Enrolments are now open. Contact your local public school to apply to enrol. Please return your application to your local school by Friday 24 July 2020.

  • starting Kindergarten – 4 years old by 30 June 2021
  • starting Pre-primary, the first year of compulsory school – 5 years old by 30 June 2021
  • starting Year 7, the first year of secondary school
  • changing schools.

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This means that a child who has turned five on or by 1 January in any year must start Prep in that year, or be provided with approved home education.
Every child, from the year after they turn 5 must be enrolled at and attending school, or an approved home education program. Children can also attend Kindergarten from 4 years of age.

If your child is changing schools or needs to start school during the school year, you can apply for a place at any time.
Children need to go to school until the last day of the school year in which they become 16 years old. This is usually the end of year 11.