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Overseas students

Full fee-paying overseas students (FFPOS)

Life at Penrhos is enriched by diversity – we welcome enrolments from different cultures, religions and backgrounds. The experience of sharing and developing life skills with fellow students from overseas fosters the qualities of understanding, tolerance, awareness and respect. Friendships formed at Penrhos are often friendships that last for life.

Unless parents are moving to Perth with the student, it is the College’s preference that secondary school students live in our Boarding House, where we provide a nurturing and safe environment for each and every girl. Living as a boarder also enables the College to more closely monitor academic progress and involvement in co-curricular activities.

For further information to assist prospective overseas students in learning about accommodation options and indicative costs of living in Australia, please visit Study Australia. Additional resources can also be located via Study Perth or Visit Perth, which provide a snapshot into the wonderful city of Perth, where Penrhos College is located.

Penrhos College’s accreditation

Penrhos College is registered with the Commonwealth Government, CRICOS listing 00444E, and offers the following courses:

  • 027975M Primary Education Years 1–6 (accompanied by Parents)
  • 094106A Secondary Education Years 7-10 (boarders or accompanied by parents)
  • 094119G Secondary Education Years 11-12 (boarders or accompanied by parents)

As a provider of education and training services to overseas students, the College is required to comply with the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 and Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act).

The largest intake year for Penrhos Students is Year 7. An example of what Year 7 at Penrhos College looks like, please read our latest Year 7 Course Selection Guide.

Results for graduating students

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA)

The SCSA is the government body responsible for all school curricula, for Year 11 and 12 syllabus preparation, for monitoring comparability of standards between schools, the setting and administration of the ATAR Examinations and the certification of student results.

Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA)

At the end of Year 12 all students will receive a WASSA (Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement). The WASSA provides a formal record of the achievements of all leaving Year 12 students as a result of their school education in Western Australia.

Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

The WACE is the certificate that students receive upon successful completion of their senior secondary education. It is recognised nationally in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), by universities, industry and training providers.

Penrhos and Education Agents

Penrhos College does not have formal agreements with Education Agents. However, we will liaise with Agents as required, on behalf of their clients, but no formal contract will be entered.

Transferring to/from another School

In the Schools sector, international students are restricted from transferring to another Provider until they have completed the first six months of their first school course, not the principal course. In this case, Penrhos College will not consider or accept an application from an overseas student unless the transfer reason meets an exception under the National Code (Standard 7).

Please read the FFPOS – Student transfer policy available below for further guidance.

Visa applications

Penrhos College cannot guarantee the outcome of a visa application. If the visa application is refused, the College’s Refund Policy will apply. Undertaking a course at Penrhos College is strictly for the courses listed above – and in no way provide a pathway to Australian residency.

ESL Level Guideline for entering Penrhos College

Junior School

Students entering the College in years 1 through to 6 can demonstrate competency during an interview with the Head of Junior School at Penrhos College. Following this interview, and in conjunction with the student’s recent reports, enrolment is at the discretion of the Head of Junior School.

Secondary School

Anticipated Year of entry AEAS Test Score  Minimum ESL level
Years 7 – 8 45 – 60
Years 9 – 10 60 – 75
Upper Intermediate
Years 11 – 12 70+

If the student is required to complete an intensive English course (ELICOS – English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) prior to entry to Penrhos, the College refers students to Phoenix Academy or a reputable ELICOS centre

You are warmly invited to contact our Enrolments Team, at +61 8 9368 9672 or enrol@penrhos.wa.edu.au with any questions you may have.

A range of College policies are available via our website for the wider community. These can be located via the link: https://penrhos.wa.edu.au/policies/