North Porirua, Aotea, future schooling provision
We’re looking at future schooling provision in Aotea, North Porirua in response to roll growth pressure.
We’ve run two phases of engagement to help us understand community preferences for future schooling provision in the area.
- We received more than 100 submissions in the first phase of engagement.
- In the second phase of engagement we ran an online survey testing the opinions, concerns and ideas reflected in the initial submissions.
Thank you to the many school staff, boards, students, parents/whānau, community members and Porirua North Kāhui Ako members who provided submissions and responded to the survey.
We’ve compiled and analysed the findings from both phases of the engagement
Four themes emerged as being important to the majority of participants across stakeholder groups:
- Community identity: that children have a primary school option in their local neighbourhood, ideally one that is within walking or scootering distance.
- Reduce growing roll pressures of primary schools: While participants had multiple views on the best means to do so, everyone wanted a solution that would help reduce the roll pressures facing North Porirua schools.
- Long-term planning: Participants recognised the increasing populations and limited capacity of North Porirua schools. They wanted to make sure that whatever course of action is ultimately determined will be a long-term solution taking into account of the growth trends of the area.
- Safe, age-appropriate learning environments for Year 7 - 8 students: There was a strong desire to maintain leadership development opportunities for Year 7-8 students, particularly through mentoring of younger students.
The survey as part of the second phase of engagement asked respondents to consider 4 options:
- Option 1: Change the year levels of Aotea College to Year 7 - 13 and establish a new Year 1 - 6 primary school. For this option to be viable, a number of schools would need to agree to change their provision to Year 1 – 6.
- Option 2: Establish a new Year 1 - 8 primary school, and change enrolment zones to create a zone for the new school.
- Option 3: Establish a second campus of Papakowhai School and change enrolment zones to create a zone for Papakowhai that included the second campus and its surrounding areas.
- Option 4: Change the year levels of Aotea College to Years 7 – 13, and create a Year 7 – 10 middle school campus and a Year 11 – 13 senior secondary campus on the current Aotea College site. A number of primary schools would change to Year 1 - 6.
The responses confirmed that option 2 was the most preferred of the 4 options, while options 1 and 4 were the least preferred
The survey also asked respondents to consider a number of sub-options to the main 4 options. These sub-options contained additional detail, such as geographic location of the site (options 1 – 3) or divisions of students among different campuses (oiption 3 – geographical, or by student age).
The 2 most preferred sub-options were a new Year 1 – 8 primary school located on a new site in the south of the Aotea development, and a new Year 1 – 8 primary school located on or near the Aotea College site. The variations of options 1 and 4 remained the least preferred options.
The engagement report will inform the development of an area strategy that proposes both short and longer term solutions to roll growth in the area.
This will be followed by a phase called “formal consultation”. Formal consultation under section 157 of the Education Act 1989 occurs with boards of schools whose rolls may be affected by the proposed solutions/options. Following this formal consultation a decision making report will be prepared for consideration. This is likely to be later this year or early in 2018.
Read the background to the consultation.
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