Ready to enrol in a Sydney Catholic School? Here’s how it works.
Please note enrolments are accepted one year prior for primary schools and two years for secondary schools.
If you’re a newcomer to Sydney Catholic Schools, we’re here to guide you through the process.
If you already have a child enrolled in a Sydney Catholic School, we’re here to assist you throughout the process
If your child is already attending a Sydney Catholic School and you wish to enrol them further, we’re here to assist you throughout the process.
How to enrol
Check out the video below to see our Executive Director and students guide you through the easy application process.
- Kindergarten 2025: Enrolments will open in July 2023
- Year 7, 2026: Enrolments will open in July 2023 (for students currently in Year 4)
Open Days/School Tours
Sydney Catholic Schools welcome you to visit their Open Days during February and March of each year. A list of dates for each school’s open days is available here.
Enrolments are due before the first week of April, exact close days will be set by the individual school. Kindergarten submissions are due the year prior to commencement, and Year 7 submissions are due 2 years prior to commencement (when students are in Year 5).
Interviews for placement at our schools, take place once your enrolment submission have been made, dates vary per school.
Enrolment offer letters
Enrolment offer letters will be sent no later than the 1st July – Kindergarten letters are sent the year prior to commencement, and Year 7 letters are sent 2 years prior to commencement (when students are in Year 5).
Any student is welcome to join one of our 147 Sydney Catholic schools, regardless of their background. We aim to provide an education for every Catholic child. We welcome all families prepared to respect our Catholic values and beliefs.
Check our handy School Finder for your local schools.
Enrolments are accepted one year prior for primary schools and two years for secondary (when the student is in Year 5). If you are interested in future years please contact your preferred school to be added to the expression of interest list.
The application will save as you progress, you can return to complete the application in stages if you need.
If English isn’t your first language Google Translate is available in the online application to assist you.
To complete your application you’ll need:
- Birth certificate or identity documents
- Baptismal certificate
- Parish Priest reference form
- Immunisation certificate
- Most recent school reports and NAPLAN results (if applicable)
- Copies of any family law or other relevant court orders particularly Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) as they relate to the student (if applicable)
- Relevant medical information including clinical/educational assessments (if applicable)
- All current assessments or records related to exceptional abilities, disability or complex social or emotional needs (if applicable). If your child is a permanent resident but not an Australian citizen, you will also need to provide:
- Passport or travel documents
- Current visa and previous visas (if applicable).
If your child is not an Australian citizen, you will also need to provide:
- Passport or ImmiCard
- Current visa grant notice for student.
If your child is a temporary visa holder you will also need to provide:
- Evidence of the visa the student has applied for (if the student holds a bridging visa).
Parish Priest Reference Form
If you and your child are Baptised Catholics who regularly worship at a local Parish you may wish to ask your Parish Priest to complete the Parish Priest reference form. Once you have completed your part of this form please drop it off at the Parish Office for your Parish Priest to complete and he will return the form to the schools.
We note that the Parish Priest reference form is not mandatory and is optional for those parents/carers who are applying for category one consideration in the order of priority.
To obtain a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate, you could contact the Church in which your child was baptised, or alternatively, contact your current parish priest and ask for a reference.
Don’t attend Church or have a relationship with a Parish?
Yes, you can enrol your child. All applications are assessed using the Sydney Catholic Schools enrolment policy.
Do I need to know what year I wish to start my child?
Yes, for the application to be complete, we need to know what year you are intending to start your child.
Do I have to put more than one preference in my application?
Applicants will need to enter two schools in order of preference.
Before you complete your application, you can use the school finder here, to find out your Pathway and nearby schools.
How will my application be assessed?
The process all applications to Sydney Catholic Schools are taken through for assessment is laid out in our enrolment policy.
Can I complete a paper application form?
Here is a downloadable version of the application form which you can print out, complete and return to your first school of choice.
How will I know if my child has been accepted?
Enrolment acceptance letters will be issued from 1 July onwards.
What if I am unsuccessful in securing a place for my child at my preferred school?
Your preferred school will contact you to inform your application has been unsuccessful and offer suggestions of neighbouring schools that may have availability. Use the School Finder to learn more about nearby schools.
Can I pay my acceptance fee online?
Your school will send you details about how to pay your enrolment acceptance fee once you have accepted your offer of enrolment.
Is my data safe?
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If you need support please directly contact the school you are applying for. You can find their contact details using the school finder.