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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

Prep is the main intake at Grimwade House. We start to offer places for entry several years before commencement. If an offer is made, you will be asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of a non-refundable enrolment fee. If your son or daughter does not receive a place at this time you will be notified and will remain on the waiting list.

One year before commencement, if your child has a confirmed place, you will receive a letter asking you to confirm that your son or daughter will be starting at Grimwade House as arranged. If your child is on the waiting list, you may receive an offer of a place at that time if a vacancy has arisen.

Commencement in Prep is dependent on an interview held with the Head of Grimwade House or the Head of Junior Primary mid-way through the pre-prep year to determine readiness for school. In some instances, an additional year of pre-prep may be recommended.

Year 3

A very small intake is available. Places are offered up to 12 months before commencement and are subject to Melbourne Grammar School testing, review of school reports and a meeting with the Head of Grimwade House or delegate.

Meetings are offered to those who are at the top of the waiting list and they must be taken at this juncture or the meeting time will be offered to the next on the list. If an offer of a place is subsequently made, you will be asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of the enrolment fee. If your son or daughter does not receive an offer following your meeting you will be notified and will remain on the waiting list.

Year 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6 (non- intake year levels)

If your child is on a waiting list, you may be contacted if it is possible that a vacancy may become available. Offers are dependent on a vacancy arising and will follow the same enrolment procedure as Year 3 entry. Offers of places are subject to Melbourne Grammar School testing, review of school reports, and are also subject to an interview with the Head of Grimwade House or delegate.  

Year 7 (day and boarding)

As part of the admissions process, selected 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 include the age of the student when the application is lodged, 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 for consideration.

If an offer is made, you will be asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of a non-refundable enrolment fee. If your son does not receive a place at this time you will be notified and he will remain on the waiting list.

One year before commencement, if your son has a confirmed place, you will receive a letter asking you to confirm that he will be starting at Wadhurst as arranged. If your son is on the waiting list, you may receive an offer of a place at that time if a vacancy has arisen.

Year 8 (non-intake year level)

If your son is on the waiting list, you may be contacted if it is possible that a vacancy may become available. Offers are dependent on the same enrolment procedure for Year 7 entry, but are also subject to an interview with the Head of Wadhurst or delegate.

Year 9 (day and boarding)

A smaller intake of approximately 30 new students commence at Melbourne Grammar School.

Your son may be invited to sit an assessment test when he is in Year 8 as part of the entrance requirements for Senior School. Entrance requirements also include a copy of your son’s latest school report and details of his co-curricular activities and hobbies and may be subject to a meeting with the Head of Senior School or delegate. Following the assessment test, offers will be made to eligible students.

If an offer is made you will be asked to confirm acceptance of the place by payment of a non-refundable enrolment fee. If your son does not receive a place at this time you will be notified and he will remain on the waiting list.

Years 10 & 11 (non-intake year levels)

If your son is on the waiting list, you may be contacted if it is possible that a vacancy may become available. Offers are dependent on the same enrolment procedure for Year 9 entry, but are also subject to an interview with the Head of Senior School or delegate.


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