Switching school type – primary to secondary school
Of the 22 parents interviewed, nine families (41%) changed the type of school their children attended between primary and secondary school. Most of these changes, five families, were from public schools to independent schools. Two families enrolled their children in selective public schools and two families made the decision to change from a Catholic primary school to a public secondary schools. The change from Catholic public primary schools to public secondary schools was largely motivated by strong preferences for a co-education school environment. Catholic secondary tend to be predominantly single sex schools.
In general choices followed the academic background of the parents. Choices where changed either when parent schooling experience was negative or a salience characteristic of the parent school experience was missing. For example, negative experiences from attending a regional public school leading to a preference independent school education or the absence of co-educational choice at Catholic schools leading to a change to public or independent schools.