Carey's Moderate Enrolment Increase

In 2012 the Carey Board made the decision to apply to the Boroondara Council to increase the School’s enrolment cap at Carey Kew – a move in support of the School’s Strategic Plan, Carey’s Future. All planning requirements were approved by the Boroondara Council in April 2016.

Commencing this process in 2017, Carey will introduce an additional Year 5 class at Junior School Kew and two additional Year 7 classes in the Middle School. Tracking these changes through to Year 12 will add approximately 364 students at Carey Kew, with peak enrolment not being reached until 2022.

The Board and Senior Management Team have considered the many advantages of this decision, such as:

  • the ability for Carey to offer more places to students who are missing out, despite in many cases enrolling at birth. This includes siblings of current students, children of Old Carey Grammarians and Baptist Ministers, children of staff and families who have not had a past connection with Carey.
  • providing all students with greater opportunities for socialisation and breadth of friendship groups.
  • enabling Carey to maintain the breadth of our APS sporting program and be more competitive in sporting competitions.
  • continuing to personalise our approach to student learning and foster a sense of belonging and community for students via the four school sections; Junior School Donvale, Junior School Kew, Middle School (Years 7 to 9) and Senior School (Years 10 to 12) and the class, house and mentor group structures within those sections.
  • a strengthening of Carey’s financial position so that we can continue to provide a broad and rich program; attract, retain, develop and appropriately remunerate our staff; deliver on the ambitions outlined in our Strategic Plan and ensure that Carey is well positioned to respond to any external challenges.

A great deal of planning has been undertaken to ensure this decision will complement our existing culture which is welcoming, inclusive, happy and engaging. We will also ensure that additional resources are allocated, our learning program is enhanced and quality pastoral care is retained.  This will be further enabled by world-class facilities, including play and passive recreation spaces and the continued employment of high quality staff. Please be assured that the welfare and education of every student will continue to be at the heart of everything we do at Carey. This enrolment growth, along with exciting developments taking place in all sections of our school, will strengthen the quality of the experience for each student.

For further information about this exciting development please click on this link.

Philip Grutzner