Student Acceptance Policy


To support families considering a place at Wesley College (the College), this policy outlines the process and considerations for acceptance of a student to the College, and includes requirements in accordance with:

  • School boarding minimum standards set out in the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017;
  • Section 19 of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act; and
  • Standard 9 of the National Code of Practice for the Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code 2018).

This Policy applies to all entrants to the College and is administered by the Admissions Department.


Wesley College is an open-entry, coeducational, day and boarding school. Students join the College from a diverse range of backgrounds and with a variety of academic and cocurricular interests.


All applications are accepted at face value with the understanding by the College that the parent, guardian or agent who has completed the Application Form and provided subsequent information, has done so completely and in good faith so as not to mislead or otherwise contribute to incomplete evaluation by the College.


As places at the College are in high demand, families are encouraged to apply for enrolment as early as possible. The College accepts applications from birth.

All applications are assigned to the waitlist. The College considers a range of criteria when making enrolment offers and subsequently accepting a student at the College, including but not limited to:

  • Children with siblings already attending the College
  • Children or grandchildren of Old Collegians
  • Gender balance of each year level
  • Interests and activities of the student
  • Children of permanent staff members
  • Academic performance and school reports for students seeking entry to the Senior School (Years 10 to 12)
  • Applications for boarding
  • Number of students in a class and year level and number of classes per year level
  • College resourcing, facilities and staffing model
  • Date of application


The College operates with key intake years that are outlined below for each campus:

CampusKey Intake Year Level
ElsternwickThree- and four-year-old ECLC, Prep, Year 5 and Year 7
Glen Waverley

Three-year-old ECLC, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 10

Boarding entry from Year 9, Year 10 or Year 11 and spans the years up to an including Year 12

St Kilda RoadThree- and four-year-old ECLC, Prep, Year 5 and Year 7

Vacancies arise from time to time in year levels outside the Key Intake Year Levels listed. We accept applications for all year levels across the College.

The final decision for assessment and granting entry for students seeking a place in the College in a year level other than a Key Intake Year Level lies with the Head of Campus.


Entry to boarding at the Learning in Residence (LiR) facility located at the Glen Waverley Campus is available from Year 9 and above and may be granted on a weekly (Monday to Friday) or full boarding basis, at the discretion of the Head of Campus. Access to LiR will be provided such that a student may enter the facility on the day prior to the commencement of the school term and departure will occur on the last day of term (as arranged by LiR).


For entry into three- and four-year-old Early Childhood Learning Centre (ECLC) and Prep, please note the following Age Requirements:

Year LevelAge Requirement
Three-year-old ECLCTo commence three-year-old ECLC, children must be three years old by 30 April in their year of commencement. Please note that priority is given to children who turn three years of age by 31 January in their year of commencement.
Four-year-old ECLC

To commence four-year-old ECLC, children must be four years old by 30 April in their year of commencement. Please note that priority is given to children who turn four years of age by 31 January in their year of commencement.

PrepTo commence Prep in Term 1, children must turn five by 30 April in their year of entry.

The final decision for consideration of entry at a year younger than that shown above lies with the Head of Campus.

International students, as governed by the ESOS framework, must be at least 13 years of age when they commence studies at the College, unless they are living with a parent or DHA-approved relative.


A domestic applicant is a child who is an:

  • Australian citizen; or
  • Australian permanent resident; or
  • Australian temporary resident.

An international applicant is a child who is not a domestic applicant. International students are governed by the ESOS framework.


A student will only be permitted to commence at the College if the Letter of Offer – Acceptance Agreement has been signed and returned within the specified timeframe, the relevant fees have been paid within the specified timeframe, all information requested by the College has been provided and the student has adhered to all College policies regarding their intake year of entry.