Transferring to North Sydney Girls High School in Years 8-11 | Schools Guide

Do you want to study at North Sydney Girls High School? Well, in this article, we will go through the application requirements and processes, including fees, supporting documents, written exams, interviews, and criteria.

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Are you considering transferring to North Sydney Girls High School in Years 8 – 11. Well, you came to the right place! In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about the transfer applications and process.


Who can apply for North Sydney Girls in Years 8 – 11?

Anyone can apply for North Sydney Girls High School. However, there are a limited number of vacancies, so only the highest quality applicants are considered.


YearNumber of potential spacesNotes
8~0North Sydney Girls has a max 150 students per grade (from Years 7-10) policy. So, when a current student leaves, a vacancy will be opened for transfer students.
9~0North Sydney Girls has a max 150 students per grade (from Years 7-10) policy. So, when a current student leaves, a vacancy will be opened for transfer students.
10~0North Sydney Girls has a max 150 students per grade (from Years 7-10) policy. So, when a current student leaves, a vacancy will be opened for transfer students.
11~ 20Depending of applicant quality and availability

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The application process for transferring to North Sydney Girls in Years 8 – 11

Students have an opportunity to attend the school in Years 8-11 through a direct application to the school.

Note: North Sydney Girls does not accept any enrolments into Year 12.


Key dates

For students wishing to attend in 2022:

  • Applications forms are available: Monday 21 June 2021
  • Applications close: Friday 16 July 2021
  • ACER Examination (compulsory): Saturday 7 August, 9:30am – 12:30pm


Application Fees

Students must submit a separate application for each school they wish to apply to (maximum of 3 schools).

Every applicant wishing to apply to North Sydney Girls must pay an application fee. Girls who place North Sydney Girls as their:

  • 1st preference: must pay $100
  • 2nd/3rd preference: must pay $50 

Students who place North Sydney Girls as their 1st preference will have priority over students who place them 2nd/3rd.

Payments must be made before 1:15pm Monday-Friday, either in person or by mail. Email applications will not be accepted.

The school’s address is:

North Sydney Girls High School
365 Pacific Highway

You must pay by:

  • Cash;
  • Cheque (made payable to ‘North Sydney Girls High School’); or
  • Credit card (on school grounds)

Note: Even if you are applying to other Selective High Schools, or you are currently interstate/overseas, you are still required to pay the administration fee, and the fee is non-refundable, even if you aren’t accepted into the school!


Application steps

North Sydney Girls require applicants to:

  • Complete the DoE Selective High School Form;
  • Provide supporting documents of academic results and proof of extra-curricular activities; and
  • Sit an ACER exam
  • Attend an interview



Written Application

All applications must clearly identify:

  • Student’s name
  • Address
  • Grade that the student is applying for entry in 2022


1. DoE Year 8 to 12 Entry to Selective School High Schools form

Applicants must submit a separate application to each selective school they wish to apply to. They can apply up to 3 Selective High Schools.

When the application forms are open in June/July, they will be available here.

You will need to be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia to be offered a place at the school.


2. Supporting documents

In addition to the application form, North Sydney Girls High School requires all applicants to submit some supporting documents.

The school seeks well-rounded students who not only do well in academics but who also has an active school and community life.

The supporting documents include copies of:

  • Current academic report (half-yearly of current year, and half-yearly and yearly of previous year)
  • Evidence of extra-curricular or competitions (eg. competition results, debating certificate etc.)
  • Other relevant material


ACER Examination

The Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Higher Ability Selection Test is an ability test that High Schools use to distinguish academically gifted students.

The test aims to test innate skills and academic ability, as opposed to testing student’s knowledge about something they learned.

Your child will be tested on:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Written Expression

This exam is conducted on the school grounds on Saturday, 7th August, 2021, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

However, if you choose another school as your first preference, you must sit the test at the listed school:

  • Caringbah High
  • Girraween High
  • Gosford High School
  • Fort Street High School (Yr11 only)
  • Hornsby Girls High School
  • NBSC Manly Selective Campus
  • St George Girls High School

If you are interstate or overseas, you must notify the school. Arrangements will be made for you to sit an exam in another venue. You still need to pay for the application fee.

If you are ill on the day, you must notify the school immediately and provide a doctor’s certificate.

This test is independently marked by ACER.



Students who are eligible for a place in the school (achieved a high test result and shows evidence of outstanding academic, and school and community achievements) may be invited to attend an interview.

This interview will help the Selection Panel determine if the applicant is a good fit for the school.


Selection process

North Sydney Girls High School will shortlist students based on their ACER test results. From there, they also examine all supporting documents provided to compile a Reserve list.

After this, interviews will take place for eligible students.

Note: Students are only offered a place if there are vacancies in the school.


Outcomes and offers

Students will either be:

  • Offered a place at the school;
  • Put on a reserve list;
  • Notified that they were unsuccessful;
  • Notified that there are no vacancies in the year



Students who are offered a place at North Sydney Girls High School should accept the offers as soon as possible, as they will relapse after a while.

Offers rescind if the students does not enrol on day 1.

Offers will also be cancelled if the students provides false or misleading information.


Appeals for review

If you believe that the selection committee didn’t follow the established criteria, you can request an appeal.

This can be done by email, fax, or letter to the school.

This must be completed within 7 days of receiving an outcome.

If you want to learn more about appeals, take a look at the NSW Government website.


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