Setting up and managing enrolment schemes (zones)

State schools can set up an enrolment scheme to avoid overcrowding. The Ministry needs to approve any scheme to ensure effective use of all schools in the area. State-integrated schools have more flexibility in developing an enrolment scheme.

Guidelines for development and operation of enrolment schemes

The guidelines for development and operation of enrolment schemes are issued under section 11G(3) of the Education Act 1989 for the purpose of describing the basis on which the Secretary’s powers in relation to enrolment schemes will be exercised.

Enrolment schemes - Guidelines for integrated schools

Enrolment schemes - guidelines for integrated schools issued by the Secretary for Education to assist integrated schools when developing enrolment schemes.

Enrolment Schemes - Secretary's Instructions

The Secretary’s Instructions relate to the organisation of pre-enrolment routines and ballots.

Useful documents

Zoning, ballots, waiting lists, and enrolment schemes. Letter and notice templates for use by schools.

Enrolment schemes and legislation

The legislation affecting enrolment schemes and state-integrated schools, kura kaupapa Māori and designated character schools (s156).

Out of zone enrolment - order of priority

Out of zone enrolment - order of priority - the legislation affecting enrolment schemes for state non-integrated schools has been updated, particularly for the selection of applications who live outside a school's zone.

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