It is only natural that you will have a number of questions about the enrolment process. Please review the following FAQs and contact the Enrolments office if you have any additional questions.
What are the various Enrolment charges?
The Council of Barker College sets the fees for application for enrolment at Barker and reviews these from time to time. The current charges are:
On application you will be required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $300. The student's name will be registered on a waiting list.
This fee applies only for entry in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Year 3, 5 and 7 entry and is 50% of the current Admission Fee. Payment of this $2100 fee holds a place for these entry points only and is not refundable or transferable.
When a place is offered, all parents will be required to pay a non-transferable nor non-refundable Admission Fee of $4200 for Junior and Middle School entry and $2800 for Senior School entry. For each student this sum is payable as a single payment on acceptance of a place and prior to the student entering the School.
Fee invoices are issued prior to the commencement of each term and are payable within the first 10 days of term. Payment by Direct Debit is available and information is given to parents prior to paying their fees at the beginning of each school year. All fees and charges are reviewed annually.
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 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 $2100) 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.
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.
A confirmed place secures your child a position in the year of your choice on application and is not able to be transferred.
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 School, 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.
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, how does a confirmed place offer benefit my child?
Barker 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 School 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.