Enrolling at our school


All new enrolments will have an enrolment interview. Contact us to book an enrolment interview. ​

To determine when you child can commence their prep year, use the prep ready reckoner calculator. Proof of age for prep enrolment is required to show eligibility as are visa documents for students not born in Australia.

For year 1 to 7 enrolments, students have attended another Queensland State School should present a transfer from their previous school. Students from overseas, interstate or from a private school should provide other information to support their enrolment at our school; including proof of age, school reports and work folders from previous schools assist us to place your child in the most appropriate level.

Marsden State School recognises as its prime obligation, the provision of access to an appropriate educational service for students whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment area.

Because of enrolment capacity and growth Marsden State School may be unable to meet this obligation in the future, unless action is taken now to manage enrolments. Marsden State School has limited ability to accept enrolments from outside the catchment area.

This School Enrolment Management Plan (School EMP) sets out the conditions under which students may be enrolled into Marsden State School, subject to any other requirements or limitations in:

the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld)   This School EMP is supported by:

Enrolment in State Primary, Secondary and Special Schools procedure

School Enrolment Management Plan (School EMP) procedure 

Capacity of School

Marsden State School currently has the capacity to enrol up to 1021 students.

The number of students entering Prep in any given year is not to exceed 113 in 5 classrooms, unless there are more than 113 students enrolling from within the catchment area.

Local Catchment Area

A school's local catchment area is the geographical area from which the school is to have its core intake of students. A catchment map defines the catchment area for Marsden State School. A hard copy of this map is available at the school's administration building.

Enrolment Policy

Students within catchment

Any student, whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment area/s, is (subject to the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006) eligible for enrolment at the school. The school Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within the catchment area throughout the school year.

Parents or legal guardians who wish to enrol their child at the school will need to demonstrate that the student's principal place of residence is within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be provided by way of one of each of the following:

One primary source - a current lease agreement, or driver's licence, or unconditional sale agreement, and One secondary source - a utility bill (e.g. electricity, gas), or rates notice showing this same address and parent's/legal guardian's name If the Principal is not satisfied that the documentation provided by an applicant demonstrates adequately that the address stated is the student's principal place of residence, then the Principal may request further sources of proof of residence, such as an additional utility bill (e.g. water) showing the same address.

The Principal may also request a properly sworn Statutory Declaration from the enrolling parent or legal guardian attesting that the student's principal place of residence is the place nominated in the enrolment application.

Applicants should note that a false statement / assertion about the student's principal place of residence may amount to an offence and may be reported to police. The school Principal may repeal a decision to enrol a student in such circumstances.

Other students outside the catchment area deemed to be eligible for enrolment

The following groups of students will be deemed as eligible for enrolment, even though they may reside outside the school's catchment area:

Children and young people who are subject to child protection orders that grant guardianship or custody to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety Services) Siblings of current students at the school Students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by the school Students who live outside the catchment area and are verified with a disability can enrol in the school to attend the specialised disability program if it is the closest program to their home and meets their individualised needs Students who have been excluded from a school other than this school, dependent upon the conditions related to the exclusion, as determined by the Regional Director. 

Out of Catchment Enrolments

Enrolment of students from outside the local catchment area will be managed to ensure that the total current and forecast enrolments do not exceed the school's current capacity and, where applicable, will ensure there is an even spread of students across year levels or class groupings.

Students from outside the school's catchment area applying for enrolment at that school are placed on a waiting list in order of receipt of application.

Last reviewed 25 May 2020
Last updated 25 May 2020