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Regional transitional arrangements

Following community consultation, the state government has decided on the following transitional arrangements (PDF 3.3MB) for country primary schools located more than 20km from their local area or high school (‘eligible schools’):

  • By default, all year 7s will go to high school or area school from 2022. 
  • Parents won’t be asked to make a choice about whether to keep their child in primary school or send them to high school – it’s assumed all year 7s will go.
  • For a transition period (2022 to 2024), parents at eligible primary schools can seek a ‘by exception’ exemption from their principal to keep their year 7 student in primary school, where special circumstances exist. 
  • For a transition period (2022 to 2024), where the departure of the year 7 cohort causes an eligible primary school to ‘drop a class’ from the number of classes offered in 2021, that school will be able to apply for a grant to maintain the number of classes in their school. 

How we will support the arrangements

We will provide more funding for the extra transport costs for transition activities in country schools in 2021, when the double cohort (years 6 and 7) get ready to start high school.

We will provide extra support to the regular process of updating bus routes in 2021, to make sure the changes required for the double cohort moving to high school are in place for 2022.

We will also incorporate the feedback received about professional learning for teachers, supporting transition for younger students and delivering capital works in regional settings, into project planning and delivery. 

A departmental procedure will be developed in consultation with stakeholders, including school leaders and representative associations to ensure effective implementation of these transitional arrangements. 

Consultation process

Communities were invited to have their say on how year 7 will move to high school through a series of forums in regional South Australia, and through the yourSAy website

Consultation occurred from July to September 2019.  Over 250 individuals were involved in regional sessions and 25 written contributions were received, including 4 from peak representative groups.

The community feedback (PDF 412KB) captures the contributions made throughout the consultation process. 


Year 7 to high school project team

Email: Year7toHS [at] sa.gov.au