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Essendon Keilor College – Enrolment Management Plan

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School Context

Essendon Keilor College is a multi-campus secondary school. The three campuses are in Airport West (Niddrie Campus – Year 7 to 9), Keilor East (East Keilor Campus – Year 7 to 9) and Essendon (Senior Campus – Year 10 to 12).

Policy Framework

The 2006 Education and Training Reform Act (ETRA) underpins the Department of Education and Training (DET) enrolment policy which can be found at:

The policy states that all eligible children and young people have the right to be admitted to their designated neighbourhood government school.

2021 School zone

The Essendon Keilor College campus zones have been approved by the Minister for Education and ensures consistency with DET policy and the ETRA legislation regarding closest school.

A student’s designated neighbourhood school is generally the school that is nearest the student’s permanent address as determined by the school zone. The website provides guidance on which school zone a student’s permanent residence is located within.

Priority Order of Placement

The potential future demand for enrolment places from within the local community indicates that the College must manage enrolments carefully and in accordance with the Priority Placement Order in the Enrolment Policy.  A student’s permanent place of address determines eligibility for enrolment at Essendon Keilor College.

Where there are insufficient places at a school for all students who seek entry, students are enrolled according to the Placement Policy’s priority order of placement, which has five criteria.

In circumstances when a school may not be able to accept all applications due to existing or future capacity concerns, schools must manage enrolment applications in accordance with the following priority order of placement:

  1. Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school.
  2. Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time.
  3. Where the Regional Director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school.
  4. Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds.
  5. All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school

The future capacity needs at the Niddrie Campus of Essendon Keilor College means that 2021 enrolments will be confined to the first two criteria listed above.

Enrolments at the East Keilor Campus and the Essendon (Senior) Campus will be considered against the priority order of placement noting that Essendon Keilor College is not offering enrolment on approved specific curriculum grounds.

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be enrolled in a school based on compassionate grounds.  This is an overarching consideration and does not form part of the priority order of placement.  Schools are permitted to assess and make a determination for exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Schools must ensure that all applicants eligible under a criterion have been offered a place before moving to consideration of the next.  All students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school are guaranteed enrolment.

If you have any questions regarding the Essendon Keilor College Enrolment Management Plan, please contact the school.

David Adamson              Principal

2021 School Zones

Fig 1 – 2021 School zone for Essendon Keilor College – Niddrie Campus


Fig 2 – 2021 School zone for Essendon Keilor College – East Keilor Campus

2021 School zone for Essendon Keilor College – Essendon Campus

 The School zone for the Essendon Campus is the combined Niddrie Campus and East Keilor Campus zones.

Essendon Keilor College Campus Tours 2021 – Term 1 Every Wednesday

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Essendon Keilor College Campus Tours 2021 – Term 1 Every Wednesday

(Picture – Niddrie Campus)


Year 7 – 9 Campus’ – Term 1 2021 Every Wednesday

East Keilor Campus, Quinn Grove East Keilor – 9.30am – 10.00am

To Book a tour Phone- 8331 0109

Niddrie Campus, Peters Street Airport West – 10.15am – 10.45am

To Book a tour Phone – 9375 8400

Year 10 – 12 Campus – Term 1 2021 Every Wednesday

Essendon Campus, 286 Buckley street, Essendon (Corner of McCracken Street) 11.15am – 11.45am

To Book a tour Phone -9319 1300

Congratulations – Lauren Khaw Dux 2020 97.3

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Congratulations – Lauren Khaw Dux 2020

We are very proud of Lauren Khaw our 2020 College Dux with an ATAR of 97.3

Lauren attended the Niddrie Campus Year 7 – 9  and the Essendon Campus ad Year 10 – 12. She is hoping to study at Melbourne University in 2021.

College Presentation Day

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College Presentation Day

This year due to COVID restrictions we will be livestreaming our Annual College Presentation Award Ceremony.


Tuesday 15th of December

1.30pm – 3.00pm

The link will be posted to all College families via Compass.


Term Dates 2021

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2021 Term Dates

Start date Finish date
Term 1 27 January Staff Return
Students start 28 January in government schools – see Campus Posts for details
1 April
Term 2 19 April 25 June
Term 3 12 July 17 September
Term 4 4 October 17 December

Valedictory Celebration – 2020

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Valedictory 2020

We said farewell to our Year 12 students and families at our Valedictory Celebration. We are very proud of their achievements and wish them all the best for the future.

Link to event is available via Compass until the 18th of December.

Special thanks to our Special Guests

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Cam Nation

College Council President – Nicole Kotoski

College Principal – David Adamson

Thank you to all students, families and staff for their Contribution to Essendon Keilor College in 2020.


Essendon Keilor College Music Soiree

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Essendon Keilor College Music Soiree

Friday 6th November – Time TBC

This Year due to COVID-19 restrictions we will live stream our Music Soiree.

Link to be posted shortly

World Teachers’ Day

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Australia will celebrate and thank the teaching profession on World Teachers’ Day – Friday 30 October.

Teachers (with support from parents and carers) have ensured education continues across the country this year, despite major challenges. It’s reinforced the significant role teachers play in the lives of children and students, their families and communities.

On Friday 30 October, say a big thank you to teachers and celebrate the bright future of teaching.

Essendon Campus Welcome

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Welcome to the Essendon Campus

Welcome Message

Essendon Foyer

Year 10, 11 and 12


Purpose, passion, positivity and principles drive learning at our college, we are preparing students for tomorrow’s world.

It’s a world that requires specific new knowledge, skills, capabilities and qualities – the ones we’re helping students develop with the support of expert teachers in a safe and stimulating environment.

Essendon Keilor College has a proud history of serving the Essendon community. We began at our Buckley Street site in 1913 as the prestigious Essendon High School and our forebears envisioned a school that could last a century. Today, we are still focused on providing an education for the future world.

Our professional staff, willingly go the extra mile for their students, they are mentors and coaches, counsellors and advocates. As such they steer students through their studies attending to the whole person; knowing them and caring about their academic progress, personal development and wellbeing. Student voice is very important to us.

We provide a comprehensive range of courses in VCE, VET and VCAL to facilitate the aspirations of all our students. Our recently upgraded facilities and resources ensure students have all they need to excel in pursuing studies in their chosen fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the Arts, Languages, Design & Technologies, Sport or the Visual and Performing Arts.

Essendon Campus Tour

Call now 9319 1346