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Enrolment Process

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Melbourne Grammar School attracts a diverse range of students. Some students commence at our coeducational junior school, Grimwade House, while others join us for Year 7 at Wadhurst or in Year 9 at Senior School.

We aim to provide a fair and clear enrolment process to ensure opportunities for admission are available to all applicants. This page outlines the process, from how applications are made, and how places are offered.

Intake levels

 

There are several entry points across the School. The main intakes are at Prep and Year 7, while minor intakes are available at Year 3 and Year 9. Admission to other non-intake levels is dependent on vacancies becoming available. Boarding, international and Indigenous students enter the School from Years 7 to 10.

How offers are made

 

The admissions process varies slightly for each intake, but each application goes through a number of stages (outlined below).

Applications are prioritised based on several criteria, including family connection to Melbourne Grammar School, gender (at Grimwade House), date of application, academic record, and the student’s interests and activities outside School. Transfers from similar schools located overseas or interstate will also be considered. 


1. Enquiry and application

From birth, enrolment enquiries and applications can be submitted in hardcopy or via the School website. Due to the volume of applications received, we encourage early applications.

2. Selection

Submitted applications are assessed against a range of criteria including:
  • Family or other association with the School
  • Date of application
  • Academic record
  • Interests and activities of the student
  • Transfers from interstate or overseas schools similar to MGS

For minor intakes and non-intake levels, students may be invited to attend an interview with a Head of Campus. Applicants for Wadhurst will be invited to attend academic testing two years before commencement.


3. Offer and acceptance

Around 18 months before commencement, offers will be made to successful applicants. To proceed, offers must be accepted by the requested date. Unsuccessful applicants will remain on the waiting list in case vacancies become available.

4. Confirmation and commencement

One year before commencement, future students will be asked to confirm their intention to start. Each campus offers orientation activities to welcome students to our School community.

 

Further information on specific admissions processes for each intake is available below. Specific admissions processes apply for boarding, international and Indigenous students. 

Prep is the largest intake at Grimwade House, with the main objective to achieve an even gender balance. Applications are accepted from date of birth onwards, and offers are made from 3.5 years before commencement, continuing until all places are finalised. At the time an offer is made, parents are asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of an enrolment fee. If the child does not receive a place at this time, parents are notified and asked if they would like to remain on the waiting list.

One year before commencement, parents who have received and accepted an offer will receive a letter asking them to confirm that their child will be starting at Grimwade House as arranged. If a vacancy becomes available at this time, applicants at the top of the waiting list may receive an offer.

As part of the admissions process, students are assessed for readiness for school. Families may be invited to an interview with the Head of Junior Primary mid-way through the pre-prep year. In some instances an additional year of pre-prep may be recommended and a place will be reserved for entry in the following year.

Year 3 is a minor intake, with a small number of places available. As with Prep, we aim to maintain an even gender balance. Applications are accepted from date of birth onwards, and offers are made from 12 months before commencement, continuing until all places are finalised. Applicants at the top of the waiting list may be asked to submit school reports and to attend an interview with the Head of Grimwade House. At the time an offer is made, parents are asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of an enrolment fee. If the child does not receive a place at this time, parents are notified and asked if they would like to remain on the waiting list.

Year 7 is a major intake, with approximately 100 new students commencing at Melbourne Grammar School. Applications are accepted from date of birth onwards. As part of the admissions process, applicants may be invited to sit an entrance examination when they are in Year 5. The criteria applied for the invitation to the entrance exam is determined by the age of the boy when the application is lodge, family association with Melbourne Grammar School and any siblings at the school. Applicants are also asked to submit copies of their latest school reports and details of co-curricular activities and hobbies. Prospective boarding students may also be invited to attend an interview with the Director of Boarding. Following assessment of the exam results, offers are made from 18 months before commencement, continuing until all places are finalised.

At the time an offer is made, parents are asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of an enrolment fee. If the child does not receive a place at this time, parents are notified and asked if they would like to remain on the waiting list.

One year before commencement, parents who have received and accepted an offer will receive a letter asking them to confirm that their child will be starting at Wadhurst as arranged. If a vacancy becomes available at this time, applicants at the top of the waiting list may receive an offer.

Year 9 is a minor intake, with 30 new students commencing at Melbourne Grammar School. Applications are accepted from date of birth onwards. As part of the admissions process, applicants will be invited to sit an entrance examination when they are in Year 8. Applicants are also asked to submit copies of their latest school reports and details of co-curricular activities and hobbies. Prospective boarding students may also be invited to attend an interview with the Director of Boarding. Following assessment of the exam results, offers are made from 9 months before commencement, continuing until all places are finalised.

At the time an offer is made, parents are asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of an enrolment fee. If the child does not receive a place at this time, parents are notified and asked if they would like to remain on the waiting list.

Admission at other year levels is dependent upon a place becoming available. Applicants at the top of the waiting list may be asked to submit school reports and to attend an interview with the relevant Head of Campus. If an offer is made, parents are asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of an enrolment fee.


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