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Northern Beaches Secondary College

Northern Beaches Secondary College

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Choosing your campus

Our secondary schools provide students from Years 7 to 12 with a quality education in a broad range of subjects. They can be co-educational or single-sex, comprehensive or selective.

How High Schools are different

High schools are different from primary schools in several ways: 

  • classes are organised differently
  • there are a greater number of subjects, both core and elective
  • schools are often larger in size
  • expectations of students are different
  • there is a greater level of personal responsibility expected of students.

Subjects offered by our secondary campuses are in line with the requirements set by the NSW Education Standards Authority for the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate. The campuses also offer courses in partnership with TAFE colleges.

Choosing an NBSC Campus

Choosing a secondary school for your child is an important decision. We recommend that you speak to your primary school Principal. They can provide advice relevant to your child.

It is also a good idea to look at the Annual Report of any prospective NBSC campus. This report will highlight key information on the school's values and achievements for the previous year.

Open days and information evenings are held by all the NBSC Campuses.  

Open Days and information nights

NBSC Balgowlah Boys Campus 

  • Open Day 2018: Tuesday 20 February 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Infornmation night: Wendesday, 21 February 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Enquiries: 02 9949 4200.

NBSC Cromer Campus 

  • Open Day: Tuesday 27 February 4:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Enquiries: 02 9981 1155.

NBSC Freshwater Senior Campus 

  • Open Day: Tuesday 15 May 3pm to 7pm
  • Enquiries: 02 9905 2634.

NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus 

  • Open Day: Tuesday 20 February 8:30am to 12pm
  • Information night: Thursday 22 February 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Enquiries: 02 9949 2083.

NSBC Manly Campus 

  • Open Day: Thursday 22 Feruary 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Enquiries: 02 9905 3982.

The College Administration Centre is also available to help parents/caregivers investigate their options in choosing a campus. Contact us by calling 02 9939 6942.


All students in NSW are entitled to a place at their local high school. Your home address will determine your enrolment area or zone.

Special criteria apply to applications for placement in selective high schools, such as NBSC Manly Campus.

Parents or caregivers of Year 6 students will receive a High School Enrolment Application Form from their child's primary school. The form will indicate your local high school according to the area or zone you live in. You may also nominate up to three non-local high schools. List these in order of preference along with your reasons for these choices.

The completed form should be returned to your child's primary school by the due date. Your child's placement will be confirmed with an Authority to Enrol letter that is sent from the campus.

Enrolment zones

The Department of Education is working through a process to ensure all schools in NSW have established enrolment zones that caters for students and families, aligned with the school's enrolment capacity and the department's Enrolment Policy 1997. 

As a result, the Northern Beaches Secondary College is developing a new Enrolment Policy that will operationalise these enrolment zones for the Cromer, Mackellar Girls, Balgowlah Boys and Freshwater Campuses from 2018. More information relating to this policy will be available early in 2017.