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How the move of year 7 to high school will work

Planning is well underway to make sure the move of year 7 to high school is well-managed and considered. Together with the information shared by the department, your school will provide information as plans for the move progress. 

Planning and investment 

South Australia will be ready to move year 7 to high school in 2022. We are investing $185m in schools to manage increasing enrolments and to make sure there is enough space at high schools. This includes general and specialist learning areas for students. 

High schools, area schools and R-12 schools are receiving a share of $2.85m in establishment grants to help them prepare school learning environments and facilities for incoming year 7 students. 

Take a look at our major school upgrades to find out about building works at your local high school. 

School implementation tools

We have provided individual implementation tools for primary and high schools to support the planning and implementation of year 7 to high school in 2022. Our aim is to help ensure a smooth and successful move for year 7 students.  

The plans cover elements such as workforce planning, professional learning, facilities and resource management, parent engagement and student orientation and learning.

Drawing on evidence-based learning

A pilot program with 3 high schools has offered early insights in a range of areas such as:

  • student wellbeing
  • workforce planning
  • continuity of learning
  • communication with families
  • transition processes between primary and high schools.

The year 7 to high school pilot program review is now available, ahead of the statewide move in 2022. 

We are also using learnings from Queensland and Western Australia, who recently moved year 7 to high school, to make sure the move in South Australia in 2022 is as smooth as possible.

Preparing our schools for year 7s

High schools, area schools and R-12 schools are receiving a share of $2.85m in establishment grants to help prepare learning areas for year 7 students starting high school in 2022. 

The funding will go towards things like painting walls, installing lockers, preparing outdoor spaces or purchasing furniture and textbooks so schools can get ready to welcome year 7s to high school.  

The amount of funding schools receive is based on the number of year 7 students and classes the school is expected to have in 2022.

We are excited to welcome our year 7s and 8s when they start high school together for the first time in 2022. 

Parents and carers should contact their school first for details on what is happening at their individual school.  

School sport and competitions


School sport and competitions in 2021


The year 7 to high school move is a catalyst for School Sport SA to explore how to increase student engagement and participation in school sport, with a focus on ensuring that it is localised and accessible to students.


A working group has been established to look at the opportunities that the move of year 7 to high school in 2022 may bring to school sport.


School Sport SA representatives are consulting with schools and talking directly with students about the best way forward and how student participation in sport and physical activity can be increased in the future.


Primary school state carnivals


In 2021, the current statewide district SAPSASA carnivals will continue to be offered and expanded, where students are selected to represent their district.


These carnivals are popular with students and their parents and offer pathways to interstate school competitions at the interstate level.


Year level sports


Year level based sports will continue to operate and will be expanded to include separate year 6 and 7 events in 2021. Primary schools and district coaches are actively encouraged to include year 6 and 7 students in these increased opportunities, so both year levels have the chance to participate.


School sport and competitions in 2022


The School Sport SA working group will use feedback from the student consultation and consider introducing different activities to provide students in primary and secondary settings with more opportunities to engage in sport and encourage broader participation and greater inclusion.


Further details will be made available by School Sport SA in the future.

Year 7 to High School Project Team

Email: Year7toHS [at] sa.gov.au