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Enrolment Policy

In recent years the Catholic Diocese has received unprecedented demand for school entry across our Diocesan schools. This demand, combined with the desire to offer families a pathway for their children from Kindergarten through to Year 12, has led to the Diocese revising and adjusting the Enrolment Policy.    

The new policy sets out the prioritisation for enrolment in schools and applies to all students seeking enrolment at a Catholic School in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (CDMN).

A commitment to Catholic education when considering priority of enrolment for secondary education means enrolment at a CDMN primary school from Kindergarten or at least the commencement of Year 4 for priority enrolment for secondary schools.


Please also note the Enrolment Application timeline for 2024;
1 March 2024 – Enrolment period opens
24 May 2024 – Enrolment period closes: All completed enrolment applications due
14 June 2024 - Letters of Enrolment Offers sent
1 July 2024 - Enrolment Offer Acceptance due


Enrolment Catchment Suburbs

The enrolment catchment suburbs for our schools are a defined geographic area from which a school enrols students from.

The enrolment catchment suburbs in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will be reviewed annually in case adjustments are required due to new schools, demand, capacity and/or changing demographics. Most catchment suburbs will not change.

Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate students at their catchment Catholic school, this cannot always be guaranteed. Acceptance into a school in the prospective student’s catchment area is subject to the enrolment process and prioritisation.

It is important to recognise that the defined enrolment catchment suburbs are the normal pattern. However, under certain circumstances, this may vary following an out of catchment area request with supporting information and consultation between school principals of both the local and preferred school.

Catchment areas for secondary schools shall reflect the collective primary schools catchment.

Details regarding the enrolment catchment suburbs can be found here.

For further information on the enrolment prioritisation criteria please visit the links in the right hand column or click the images below.

Click here to download an Enrolment Form or contact your local Catholic School