Transitioning from Year 6 at Dudley Public School to Year 7
At Dudley Public School, we proudly transition our Year 6 students to Whitebridge High School along with students from Redhead Public School, Charlestown East Public School. Kahibah Public School, Charlestown Public School, and Charlestown South Public School.
We provide instructions about the Expression of Interest process to families of Year 6 students in Term 1 each year. Parents will submit an expression of interest online, indicating their chosen high school for Year 7. For more information specific to Whitebridge High School, please visit the enrolment page of their website. You can also become familiar with programs offered at Whitebridge High School by following the WHS Facebook page.
Local enrolment area
Check your address on School Finder to find your local high school. Most schools have designated local enrolment areas. Note: local enrolment areas are subject to change.
Selective High Schools
The application process for Selective High Schools starts in Term 4 of Year 5. The application timeline is very strict and they do not consider late applications. We will advertise when the applications are open through our school newsletter.
To keep up to date with the process and timelines families should join the Selective High School Placement Facebook Group and bookmark the Selective high school key dates webpage. More information about selective high schools and whether they would be the right fit for you child can be found on the Selective High School Year 7 page.
Note: The information above is for academically selective high schools. For information regarding applications for Hunter Sports High or the Hunter School of the Performing Arts, please follow the links. Please familiarise yourself with timelines and the application/audition process when your child is in Year 5 so they do not miss out when applications open the following year.
Supporting students in transitioning to high school
Starting Year 7 in a new school is an exciting time in a young person's life. At Dudley Public School, we are committed to making this transition a positive experience by preparing our Year 6 students to be engaged and independent learners.
Throughout the year, our staff work closely with staff from Whitebridge High School to ensure that students get to know high school staff and have opportunities to ask questions of high school staff and students. We also provide comprehensive student profiles to the Student Wellbeing Officer and Year 7 Advisor so that the needs of each student can be best catered for. Families will be invited to information events once the enrolment form is submitted. All incoming students will attend a transition day in Term 4.
Year 6 students from all six primary schools in the Whitebridge Community of Schools will attend Leadership Day in Term 3. This day aims to get students to work in groups with students from other schools in a range of activities. They also speak to current Whitebridge High School students from the Student Representative Council about leadership opportunities at high school.
Students with additional learning, social or transition needs may be invited to attend three extra transition days as part of Whitebridge High School's SWAN program. If you believe your child would benefit from this support, please advise your child's Year 6 teacher.
Some students will decide to attend private or Catholic high schools. There is no formal transition program from Dudley Public School to these high schools; however, if the high schools ask us to provide specific information about an applicant, we will gladly assist. Please note, we do not provide personal references for students to apply for high school placements.
Where to find more information about high school transition?
Helpful information about high school transition for students and parents/carers can be found on the Department of Education's What to expect in Year 7 page.