That is certainly the case here in Ballarat where Ballarat High School won't accept students out of their zone. At a recent School Council meeting we were told that they are receiving an unprecedented number of inquiries from all year levels for students eager to enrol. The reasons being that school fees in private schools are too high, Ballarat High offer a fantastic range of subjects that other schools don't and of course some private schools 'cull' students in year 11-12 if they are in danger of failing, don't meet 'the grade' or will bring the schools VCE average down.
Ballarat High are taking more students but can't take an unlimited number of students who would come. People will buy property specifically in the Ballarat zone or lie about where they live to get in.I don't know whether there is any impact on house prices near certain primary schools in Ballarat but there seems to be in Melbourne.
My sister and I found out about the value of real estate near popular schools when we sold our old family home 10 years ago. it sold within hours because it was in the Frankston High School zone.
Below is an extract from the Age story:
Art task for next week
It was an early and busy Saturday morning today getting sorted for next week. I'm reading The Riddle of the Sands as a serial next week and decided to do an art task based on the cover art for the Puffin edition of the book.
Below are some step by step photos of a wax crayon and watercolour art activity that we will have a good at next week.
Meerlieu Primary School.( Meerlieu sits between Sale and Bairnsdale near Lake Wellington)
I'll have to give teaching principal Debbie Nicholls a call and reassure her and her community that small schools are great schools.( However being small and isolated is different to being small and close to a city like Ballarat)