Pakenham Primary School – Enrolment Policy



The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 states that all students are entitled to enrol at their designated neighbourhood government school. It underpins the Department of Education and Training (DET) enrolment policy, which can be found at:

Pakenham Primary School aims to:
• Provide an efficient process of enrolment that satisfies the needs of students, their families and the school.
• Provide eligible children the right to be placed in their designated neighbourhood school. The designated neighbourhood school is the school that is nearest the student’s permanent residence.
• Ensure a smooth transition into school with minimal disruption and maximum support.


Pakenham Primary School will follow the DET Priority Order of Placement guidelines when enrolling students:

1 Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school
2 Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time
3 Where the regional director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest to the school
4 Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds
5 All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school if there are spaces or exceptional circumstances, compassionate grounds
Please note: Permanent place of address is the address a child permanently resides at with a custodial parent or legal guardian at the time of enrolment. Proof of permanent place of address will require a family to supply appropriate evidence such as a utilities bill, contract of sale or lease agreement.


At Pakenham Primary School:

• All parents/guardians of children who are eligible to attend Pakenham Primary School are required to attend a pre-enrolment interview with a member of the Leadership Team.
• Enrolment is subject to ability to place the child according to numbers at each year level, and best outcomes for the child and the school.
• Students enrolling at our school as part of a Prep intake will be required to provide proof of age (indicating that they have turned 5 years of age by the 30th April of that year) and copies of the birth and immunisation certificates, from sighted originals.
• A child who is less than the minimum age of entry for Victorian schools but has transferred from an interstate school is eligible for enrolment. Evidence of age and full-time enrolment at the interstate school must be provided.
• Information regarding the enrolment of overseas students can be obtained from the International Student Program (03) 9637 2990.
• All enrolments will require the completion of the Department of Education ‘Confidential Student Information Enrolment Form’, with details entered on CASES 21.
• All students will be given a unique student identification number known as the ‘Victorian Student Number’.
• A member of the Leadership Team will contact the staff of previous schools of all students seeking transfers to discuss the circumstances of the transfer, to seek a transfer note or an immunisation certificate (if enrolling), and to discuss any academic or behavioural matters. The Principal has the authority to defer admission until enquiries of the previous school are carried out in the interests of the student.
• Students will be allocated to classes according to a combination of enrolled student numbers, class size and student need.

Contact Pakenham Primary School

You can get in touch with Pakenham Primary for any enquiries about enrolments, your child's education or for general questions.


(03) 5918 3900



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School Hours:

During School Terms:

Monday: 8:55am - 3:15pm
Tuesday: 8:55am - 3:15pm
Wednesday: 8:55am - 2:50pm
Thursday: 8:55am - 3:15pm
Friday: 8:55am - 3:15pm


50 Atlantic Drive,
Pakenham VIC 3810