How to Enrol

Fort Street High School is an academically selective co-educational secondary school. Entry is competitive and based on academic merit. There is a maximum enrolment of 150 students in each of Years 7 – 10. There are between 160 and 170 students in each of Years 11 and 12.

How to Enrol

Students interested in enrolling must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia. Citizens of New Zealand are eligible for selective high school entry. All successful applicants will be required to show original documentation such as certificates of evidence or Australian Citizenship, birth certificates or visas before enrolments can be finalised.

Offers or enrolments will be terminated if placement is made using false or misleading information.

Application Process

Year 7

Entry into Year 7 is managed through the NSW Government Education and Communities – High Performing Students Unit. Applications open in October of each year (when the applicant is in Year 5).  Applications for 2021 will open mid October.  A state wide selective schools test is conducted in March of the following year. Selection committees assist in determining the students who are to be offered places and those to be placed on reserve lists.  More information for Year 7 enrolment is available at

Year 8 – 11

Application packages can be downloaded here from Friday 21 June till 26 July 2019.

Years 8 – 11 2020 Application Information

The completed application pack is to be returned directly to Fort Street High School.

A submitted application should include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Handwritten English essay (topic set by Fort Street High)
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Copies of school reports – Semester 1 (present year) and Semester 2 (previous year)
  • Copies of evidence of recent participation in academic competitions and co-curricular activities
  • English, English Writing and Mathematics Competition results or other evidence of performance in literacy and numeracy
  • Administration Fee (non-refundable)
  • Year 11 applicants are also required to sit an Entrance Test. The Mathematics and English test will be conducted at the school in early August. Alternative testing arrangements cannot be made.


All applications are reviewed by our Selection Committee.

Years 8-10

Entry is limited with vacancies occurring only when a current student leaves the school. Applications are reviewed and a short list of the top twenty applications are established. When a place becomes available, candidates on the short list will be interviewed and a place offered.


Year 11

Applicants are shortlisted on Mathematics and English test results. Applications of candidates with the highest test results are reviewed. Selected applicants are interviewed and places are offered based on subject availability.