How To Enrol
Time to Join Our College Community?
Since 1991 A.B. Paterson College has remained true to its Founders in its Values of Excellence, Care and Commitment.
We are passionate about developing young men and women of character – leaders now and for the future.
We aim to help each and every child grow and realise their potential, aid in their development of character and those essential attributes that enable young people to grow into men and women who are strong, positive, engaging, responsible and respected members of society that understand the value and importance of service to others.
We not only accept, but thrive on, the challenge of preparing our students to Step into Tomorrow through our balanced academic, sporting, co-curricular, social and leadership activities.
For more information about why joining our College community might be the right decision for your family, please click here.
Application for enrolment is made only on the College’s official Application for Enrolment form from our prospectus (for a copy of the prospectus, please click on the link at the bottom of this page) or, downloaded from the College website. Please click on Application for Enrolment to download the form.
The forms are to be accompanied by the following:
- Non-refundable application fee of $100.00 per student
- Copy of the latest school report (if applicable)
- Copy of birth certificate
Please note that the Application for Enrolment form does not itself constitute an enrolment.
Prior to the intended year of entry, the Head of Admissions, Karen Milburn, will contact parents to arrange an interview with the College Principal (or delegate). The student should be accompanied by both parents if possible. Please bring to the interview:
- Record of immunisation (Prep)
- A copy of the most recent school report (if later than that previously submitted)
Should an offer of a place be made, parents formally indicate acceptance within the set time frame by completing the Contract of Enrolment form and paying the Enrolment Deposit ($750 per student). A Foundation Levy is also payable on acceptance of enrolment at the College ($150 per student).
Please note that on formal acceptance of the offer as noted above, parents undertake to support the rules, regulations and programmes of work of the College as they may be determined from time to time, and are responsible for the payment of all fees and charges.
Any information relevant to the prospective student’s health or learning, which would affect the College’s ability to provide effectively for the student’s education, must be disclosed prior to enrolment, if known, or when such information becomes available during the student’s enrolment.
The College observes its obligations under law in its admissions policy. Offer of a place requires that the College is satisfied that the student has the ability to benefit from the College’s programmes, and that there is a reasonable gender balance at each year level.
Allocation of places is determined generally by the following:
- Order of application
- Siblings of current students (providing application is made eighteen months prior to date of entry, otherwise order of registration applies)
Parents are invited to tour the College and can make an appointment to do so through our Head of Admissions, Mrs Karen Milburn (Phone 07 5594 7947).
Please note that tour booking is necessary, so that we can give you our full attention and provide the specific information that you require.
Continuing Enrolment - Senior School
It is expected that, by the end of Year 9, students will have developed the required work ethic and skills to make best use of the opportunities in Senior years.
Continuing enrolment relies on a demonstrated positive approach to study, whether the student is intending tertiary entry or a vocational pathway.
Overseas students** are always welcome at A.B. Paterson College, and students from many countries have enjoyed successful years at our College.
It is important to note that A.B. Paterson College only enrols overseas students (FFPOS) who arrive to study in Australia accompanied by a parent or very close relative. The College expects that students will live with that parent or relative, and does not organise homestay. The College does not work through agents or pay agents' commissions. The College's overseas student enrolments are private arrangements between the family and the College.
For this reason, the number of overseas students (FFPOS) enrolled at A.B. Paterson College is fewer than at many other Gold Coast schools that conduct homestay programmes. The College does not have separate waiting lists for overseas students and local students.
If you require further information, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
** Overseas or international students, referred to in this section of the enrolment information, are those students who are required to apply for a Student Visa or who are dependants on the study visa of their parent(s) through the Department of Immigration and Border Control, in order to study in an Australian school.