Enrolling at Port

The purpose of a CARE school is to re-engage young people between 13 and 20 years in education and training. The Port School student body is made up of students who, for various reasons, have not been able to achieve success in mainstream school settings.

Parents/guardians/carers (referred to as ‘carers’) interested in enrolling a student at Port School should initially call the Business Manager on 9335 6323. Details regarding the student and their background will be requested at this time.

Due to the size of Port School, the nature of our students’ challenges and the high enrolment demand, it is likely that a position will not immediately be available.  You may be offered a place on the waitlist, whereby you will be contacted when a position becomes available.  The waitlist is regularly reviewed and triaged, using a range of criteria including student level of need and the status quo of the existing student body.

Once a position becomes available, an initial interview with the Principal will be arranged. Both carer and student must attend this meeting. If all parties feel that Port is a suitable option, an enrolment form will be completed at this time. Carers must also submit the following documentation:

  • A copy of the student’s birth certificate
  • A copy of the Medicare card
  • A copy of the Healthcare or concession card (if applicable)
  • A copy of any diagnostics and/or psychologist reports
  • A copy of the last two semester school reports

Students may be required to attend a maximum 2-day induction program, which takes place both on and off-campus and may be held in school holidays. Completion of the induction is essential in order to proceed with the enrolment.

Following completion of the induction program, a second interview will be arranged with the student’s allocated Port School mentor, which must be attended by both carer and student.

A probationary period requiring half-day attendance will commence and will be reviewed by the School after 10 days and carers will be advised of the outcome (review of suitability, extension of probation or transition to full-time enrolment).

The Port School Enrolment and Attendance Policy can be found on our website. You may also call the Business Manager on (08) 9335 6323 to request a copy.

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