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Schools and You

Schools and You

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Enrolling in school

Who needs to enrol?

All school-aged children must be enrolled in school and attend every day – this is the law.

In Western Australia, children can start their education in Kindergarten. Compulsory schooling starts the following year in Pre-primary.

You need to submit an application to enrol your children in school if they are:

  • starting Kindergarten
  • starting Pre-primary, their first year of compulsory school
  • starting their first year of secondary school
  • changing schools.

To enrol your child at school for 2015, you will need to submit your application for enrolment by Friday 25 July 2014.

Although Kindergarten is not compulsory, children who will be four years old by 30 June in the year they go to Kindergarten can attend, and parents are encouraged to enrol their children.

Children attending their first year of compulsory school must be five years old by 30 June in the year they attend Pre-primary.

Children generally attend primary school until the end of Year 7 and start secondary school in Year 8. In 2015, this will change and Year 7 will become part of secondary school.

All children must attend school up until they are 16 years old. Sixteen and 17 year olds must be enrolled in school or a training organisation, be employed or be in a combination of school/training/employment.

Every child from Pre-primary to Year 12 is guaranteed a place at their local public school.

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Page last updated 25 February 2014

Enrolling in school