Science class with junior students

Documentation regarding the 2022 Years 8-11 intake will be made available on 21 June 2021. Scroll down and select the Years 8-11 tab to view the current information including dates.

Selective Intake

Normanhurst Boys High School is an academically selective school and consequently its enrolment policy is largely determined by the Selective Schools Unit of the Department of Education. In particular, entry of all students into Year 7 is managed by the High Performing Students Unit.

School information for parents

The School Prospectus (PDF, 20MB) may be of assistance to prospective parents wishing to obtain an initial understanding of Normanhurst Boys High School.

For parents and students wishing to apply for entry to Normanhurst Boys there will be two Information Mornings held to assist current Year 5 students and their parents in making decisions about high school options. The dates and times will be advertised on the front page of this website, up to four weeks prior to the date.

Year 7

Entry of all students into Year 7 is managed by the High Performing Students Unit of the Department of Education.

Offers and placement on the reserve lists are made on a hierarchical basis using the results of the selective schools examination and input from a selection committee. The committee consists of an officer from the High Performing Students Unit, the School Education Area Director (or nominee), the Principal and a parent representative. The committee reviews areas such as illness/misadventure, NESB, ATSI, overseas applications and other information relevant to a student’s application and makes a determination as to where placement on the list is to occur.

There is a ceiling of 120 students entering Year 7. Vacancies, which may subsequently occur, are filled by the High Performing Students Unit up until the commencement of Term 3. Vacancies that occur after this time are filled at the school’s discretion. If filled by the school, the reserve list continues to be used as the basis for enrolment.

All enquiries regarding Year 7 entry should be directed to the High Performing Students Unit of the NSW Department of Education or by email at, as well as on Facebook.

Years 8-11

Entry to selective high schools in Years 8 to 11 is based on decisions made by the local school’s selection committee and, unlike Year 7 entries, does not depend on a centralised program of entry.

Entry to the small number of places that become available in Years 8-11 each year at Normanhurst Boys High School is filled through an application including an entry test in Literacy and Numeracy as well as a review of accompanying documentation to support the student’s application. The number of places offered in each of Years 8-10 usually does not exceed five. However, there are usually 15 to 20 places available for entry into Year 11.

The entrance examinations for Years 8-11 are conducted in the school hall each year.

A selection committee, consisting of the Principal (or their nominee), a staff representative and a representative from the Parents & Citizens Association will consider each application. An interview at the school may be required before a final offer is made.

Application for entry into selective schools in 2022 for Years 8 to 11 opens on 21 June 2021 and closed on 8 August 2021.

The entrance examination will be held at a later date to be advised, due to the current public health orders that are in place.

Updates regarding the entrance examination date

As of 19 August 2021

A date will be advised at a later time, due to the ongoing public health orders.

As of 5 August 2021

Due to the ongoing stay-at-home public health orders, the entrance examination is now tentatively scheduled for Sunday 5 September 2021.

The closing date for applications remains at Sunday 8 August 2021.

Further details will be provided here as it’s available.

Complete the online registration form first, available here from 21 June 2021.

There are three steps to applying at Normanhurst Boys High School:

  1. Fill out an online registration form (Due 16 July 2021 8 August 2021) in order to register your interest.
  2. Each application for Years 8-11 needs to be accompanied with an administration fee of $100 payable online.
  3. Fill out the corresponding paper application form (Due 16 July 2021 8 August 2021) and submit this with the payment receipt.
  4. Supply any supplementary supporting documentation* by post by 23 July 2021 Friday 20 August 2021 (email not accepted).
    Documentation will not be accepted on the day of the entrance examination.

*Supplementary supporting documentation consists of, but is not limited to, the student’s last two school reports, their last NAPLAN results, and any academic, sporting or other awards or achievements, both co-curricular and extra-curricular if applicable, etc. No originals please.

After applications close on 8 August 2021 and having fulfilled the steps above, information will be sent regarding the time and organisation of the entrance examination.

Download the paper application form

A common application package applies to all schools and is available from all selective high schools, school education group offices and on the Department of Education’s High Performing Student Unit website. A separate application form must be provided to each selective high school you choose, up to a maximum of three schools.

For further details on Selective School Applications, please refer to the High Performing Students Unit site at

Students playing in the playground
The band playing some music
Junior students who are friendly with each other
Junior and senior students mixing and socialising