Setting up and managing enrolment schemes (zones)

State schools can set up an enrolment scheme to avoid overcrowding (after receiving notice from the Ministry). The Ministry needs to approve any scheme to ensure it complies with the legislated purposes and principles of enrolment schemes, including ensuring that students can attend a reasonably convenient school, and the effective use of all schools in the area.

State integrated schools, kura kaupapa Māori, designated character schools, special schools and state schools that are accredited as enrolling Communities of Online Learning have different requirements for setting up their enrolment schemes. 

Information for state schools

Developing and operating enrolment schemes and organising out of zone ballots.

Information for state integrated schools

Guidelines to assist integrated schools to develop and operate enrolment schemes. 

Other types of state schools

There are currently no Secretary’s instructions or guidelines for kura kaupapa Maori, designated character schools, special schools or Communities of Online Learning. None of these types of schools currently operate enrolment schemes.

Section 11PB of the Education Act specifies how requirements relating to enrolment schemes apply to these schools.

Useful documents for state and integrated schools

Notice and letter templates for schools about zoning, ballots, waiting lists, and enrolment schemes

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