Another question we are regularly asked on social media and by email, is where to send my children to school? Which, like many other decisions, is quite subjective, depending on your child’s needs and interests as well as your location and the type of education you desire for your child. But we’ve pulled together some helpful information that will give newbies and locals an idea on how the school system works in the Ballarat region.
Many of Ballarat’s government primary and secondary schools accept student enrolments based on a zoning system. Meaning that boundaries are drawn around the area surrounding the school, and students within those boundaries are automatically accepted into the school. This can be frustrating for some families, as they may live close to a particular school, but if they are outside the boundary, they may not get automatic acceptance. This zoning helps schools to maintain their enrolment limits and keep a handle on the services they can provide to students within the funding they get.
However, it is sometimes possible for parents to enrol their child at a school outside their boundaries for various reasons such as specific needs of the child. In this instance it is always best to contact the desired school directly to discuss their enrolment application process and if it is possible for the child to move.
We have included some maps of the secondary school zones within the Ballarat Region below (taken from DEECD):
Within the Ballarat region there are 9 secondary schools (4 public & 5 private) and more than 50 primary schools. There are also a huge variety of day care and kindergarten facilities, 2 universities, numerous further education providers and other opportunities for study and learning.
For a full list of the schools visit the City of Ballarat Community Directory here.
A number of stores sell local school uniforms, however some stores only sell uniforms for selected schools. Please check with your school for suppliers. There are also online groups such as Facebook to buy and sell second hand uniforms. Some schools have their own internal second hand store.
- Messer & Opie (Bridge Mall)
- Crockers (Armstrong St Nth)
- Lowes (Central Square Shopping Centre)
- Beleza School Uniforms (Doveton St Sth, opposite Target)
- Ballarat School Uniforms Buy Swap & Sell – Facebook
Some schools are stricter than others on the types of footwear the students wear to school, but some popular school shoe retailers include:
- Faull’s Shoes (Bridge Mall)
- The Athlete’s Foot (Bridge Mall)
- Target (Central Square Shopping Centre)
- Big W (Curtis St, Ballarat Central)
- Kmart (Delacombe Town Centre & Stockland Wendouree)
- Spendless Shoes (Stockland Wendouree)
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