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Enrolment at Year 7

Enrolment for 2024

Thornbury High School is now enrolling students for 2024. The school currently has a ceiling on enrolments with a maximum of 200 students at Year 7. Entry is automatic if Thornbury High is the closest school or you have another sibling already at the school in the year of the new enrolment. Students have the choice of enrolling into our mainstream program or applying for our high achievers’ program, Concept.

All available places are allocated in accordance with the priority order of placement set out by the Department of Education and Training:

  • Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood Government school.

  • Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time.

  • Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds.

  • All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.


If Thornbury High is not the closest school, families will be invited to submit a curriculum grounds form that provides an opportunity to seek enrolment for particular curriculum reasons.


In the mainstream program all students receive challenging but appropriate work in line with the Victorian Curriculum. Elective choices begin at Year 9 and there is a wide range of VCE acceleration options for Year 10 students. There is also additional support for students in literacy and numeracy where needed.


The Concept program runs from Years 7 to 9 and is designed to extend and challenge high ability students whilst engaging with the mainstream curriculum.  Students develop their skills and knowledge by exploring content at a conceptual level, emphasising depth of understanding. Students must apply to enter this program and there is a formal selection process including testing.


VCE results

  • The median study score at THS has remained at or above state average since 2017.

  • 10% of students achieve ATARs of 90 and above

  • 30% of students achieve ATARs of 80 and above 


Other highlights

  • The Premier, Daniel Andrews, made his 2020 Budget Day educational announcement at Thornbury High, including $14.9 million for Thornbury High to build stage 2 of its Masterplan, an innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Centre. This is now open.

  • Stage one of the school’s Masterplan, a new $5 million Performing Arts and Sports Centre, was completed in 2020.

  • All Year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to learn an instrument free of charge. This has been made possible through the ongoing work of the Music Parents Committee and local organisation support. This program continues for 2023.


Future initiatives

  • Continued focus on achievement, engagement and connection in all areas of the school, including:

    • Expansion of the Italian Immersion Program

    • Introduction of an Athletic Development Program in 2022

  • Continued upgrading of the school’s facilities and environment.


How to Apply

If your child attends Year 6 at a government primary school, your primary school will give you a Parent Transition Pack.  This pack contains information about the enrolment process and timeline and includes an Application for Year 7 Placement Form. This needs to be completed and returned to your primary school. On this form you will be asked to list three secondary schools in order of preference. Please consider the schools and where you list them on the form carefully as this may have an impact on where your child ultimately ends up being placed.

Your primary school sends the completed form to your first preference high school. If unsuccessful, the form is then sent to the next school of preference and so on until your child is placed in a school. Your primary school will notify you regarding the school where your child has been placed. After this, the secondary school will make contact with you regarding your child’s enrolment.


If your child attends Year 6 at a Catholic or independent primary school, you must apply for enrolment directly through Thornbury High School.  For more information on the steps required to enrol at Thornbury High School please click here.

Find my School.

For parents the new Find My School Department of Education and Training website enables you to easily see your zoned school. You can place your residential address in the Search function and find your local school. This is a great development and will make school selection more transparent.  If you are seeking enrolment after the start of the academic year, please follow the year 8-12 Enrolment process.

How to Apply

Enrolment Years 8 - 12

How to Apply

Students currently in Years 7-12 seeking enrolment must complete the online Enrolment Enquiry Form and submit it along with a copy of their most recent school report.  Proof of address must be provided if the application is being sought based on designated school claim.

The manager of the year level where enrolment is sought will contact the applicant regarding their enquiry.  The application will be considered based on whether Thornbury High is the applicant’s designated school and/or curriculum grounds.

If you have any other queries regarding the enrolment process, please contact the General Office on 9480 4066 and select Option 7.

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