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What Entry Years are confirmed places offered for?

Places are offered by Date of Application immediately after applications are received for students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 7 Entry.

For entry in Year 10 students remain on a waitlist and are not able to confirm their place in advance.

Do I have to confirm my child's place?

No, you may choose to have your child's name remain on the waitlist for their grade of entry year. Children on the waitlist, based on their application, may be invited to interview for the remaining places in the year of entry. Places will be offered following interview.

With the length of potential waitlists, clearly it is an advantage to confirm your child's place to have the security of their entry to Barker.

When do I need to confirm my child's place?

 You can take up the offer of a confirmed place at any time prior to the enrolment process commencing for that year group and subject to places being available in their year of entry.

How do I hold my place?

Please contact the Barker College Enrolments Office and they will advise if a place is available in the year of entry you require.

To hold the place once offered, a Confirmation Fee is payable within 14 days of the offer being made. The non-refundable Confirmation Fee (currently $2,100) is 50% of the current Barker College Admission Fee, the balance of which is then payable prior to the child's entry to the School.

How do I pay for my place?

This fee can be paid by cheque, credit card or BPAY and details for payment are available with the Confirmation of Place contract that is sent on application.

Is my confirmed place transferable to another year of entry?

No. A confirmed place secures your child a position in the year of your choice on application and is not able to be transferred.

Is my confirmed place refundable?

No, your confirmed place fee is not refundable.

What age does my child need to be to start at Barker?

A student commencing at Barker is expected to be turning the appropriate age for that school grade by 31 March of that year - e.g. a student entering Kindergarten, is expected to be turning 5 by 31 March in the year in which they enter Kindergarten. See Year of Entry Guide.

What happens after I confirm my place?

If a place is available in the entry year your child has applied for, Barker will send you a Confirmation Contract for payment. Once that payment is received you will receive a letter of confirmation and receipt.

When does my child prepare for commencement of their schooling with Barker?

Pre-Kindergarten - All students holding confirmed places in Pre-Kindergarten will have a pre-entry 'school readiness' interview with the Head of Early Learning during Term 2 of the year prior to entry. Following that interview, the balance of the Admission Fee (currently $2100) will be due to be paid.

Kindergarten - All students holding confirmed places in Kindergarten will have a pre-entry 'school readiness' interview with the Head of Early Learning during Term 2 of the year prior to entry. Following that interview, the balance of the Admission Fee (currently $2100) will be due to be paid.

Year 3 and Year 5 - All students holding confirmed places in Year 3 and Year 5 will have a pre-entry interview with the Head of Junior School approximately twelve to eighteen months prior to their entry to the School. Following that interview, the balance of the Admission Fee (currently $2100) will be due to be paid.

Year 7 - All students holding confirmed places in Year 7 will have an interview with the Head of Middle School approximately eighteen months prior to entry. Following that interview, the balance of the Admission Fee (currently $2100) will be due to be paid. 

What is the format of the pre-entry interview?

In a manner which is appropriate to the child's age, the pre-entry interview covers the following:

  • the child's academic performance and development to date, and the child's apparent readiness and preparedness to take part in the Barker academic program, together with our assessment of the suitability of the academic program to the student's needs
  • our assessment of the child's personal characteristics and, for entry to Years 3, 5 and 7, their approach to academic work as set out in school reports
  • our assessment of the capacity of the School to nurture and support the further development and interests of the student
  • our assessment of the child's and their family's willingness to support the School's code of student conduct and its Christian faith and practice
  • our assessment of the child's willingness to participate fully in and contribute to the life of the College, including participation in Saturday sport until Year 12
  • our overall impression of the child's capacity to benefit from the opportunity of sharing in a Barker education.

Prior to attending the pre-entry or school readiness interview, parents will be sent and asked to complete a personal information data sheet which provides the School with current contact details and other essential information. This information is collected in accordance with the school's Privacy Policy. The School requests that parents also provide two written family references from people who know their family well. If possible, the School prefers that one of these references be provided by a member of the clergy.

In addition, children (with their parents' assistance where appropriate) will be asked to fill out an information questionnaire about their interests and activities both in and out of school, and other information. Where appropriate, copies of the child's latest two school reports, and most recent NAPLAN results, and any other supporting documents demonstrating the child's attainments in both academic and co-curricular activities are also required to be submitted to the School two weeks prior to the pre-entry or school readiness interview. This information provides a complete all-round view of the student's attainments and interests.

All students entering Year 7, and some students entering Year 5 at the discretion of the Head, will undertake academic assessment at Barker in the term prior to their entry to the School, so that the School may ensure that each child is placed within the grade with a group of students whose academic development is similar to their own.

Is the Confirmed Place offer available for my child for entry into Year 10?

Entry to Year 10 is by Waitlist only. Applicants will be selected for interview based on the information provided in the questionnaire, their school reports and academic assessment should a place become available.

I am Alumni of Barker College, how does a confirmed place offer benefit my child?

Barker College is always pleased to enrol children of former students.

A confirmed place will ensure your child's place is secured in advance.

If you choose to remain on the waitlist the current enrolment policy for children of former students will apply.

The College reserves the right to offer priority to children whose fathers, mothers and grandparents have attended the School, and to children whose families can demonstrate an active involvement in a Christian congregation.

The School Council's Policy requires children of former students to complete all the normal enrolment formalities. They complete the Student Questionnaire, attend an interview at the School with their parents. Children or grandchildren of former students for whom an application for admission is received prior to their second birthday will automatically be invited to attend an interview and will be considered before any other applicant is offered a place in that particular year. If children or grandchildren of former students are not registered before their second birthday, they will not automatically be granted an interview, unless a vacancy is available in the year in which placement is being sought. Clearly, it is a real advantage for children of former students to be enrolled before they turn two.