Key dates for out-of-zone applications
There are key dates for advertising and running out-of-zone pre-enrolment processes
Note: The Education and Training Act 2020 is making some changes to the way enrolment schemes are developed and operated. These changes will be in effect from 1 January 2021, and the advice on this page will be updated. Until the end of 2020, the enrolment scheme provisions in the Education Act 1989 (ss11A-11Q) still apply. For more information about the changes, see development and consultation of school enrolment schemes.
The following dates apply to schools with an enrolment scheme.
|Each year, for the following year||Boards of Trustees||Parents and caregivers|
|By 1 September||Having coordinated with other Boards of Trustees in the area, must determine for their school:
|By 15 September||Must advertise in a local newspaper:
|For schools with multiple pre-enrolment periods, one month before each enrolment application deadline||Must re-advertise in a local newspaper:
|By enrolment application deadlines||Must ensure out-of-zone enrolment applications are submitted|
|Within 3 school days of a ballot being held||Must:
|Within 14 school days of being advised of a ballot outcome||Must confirm whether the offer of a place is accepted or declined|
Coordinating pre-enrolment dates across local schools
Enrolling at a new school is an exciting time for students and their families and whānau, but it can also be a very busy and challenging time for those applying to enrol at more than one school. We make it fair and try to help students and the schools they’re applying to by requiring Boards of Trustees of schools with an enrolment scheme to work with other schools in their region or city to coordinate their pre-enrolment application deadlines.
The requirement to coordinate dates only applies to Boards of schools with enrolment schemes, but sharing this information with nearby schools that don’t have an enrolment scheme helps them to also plan and organise around them.
Out-of-zone applications received outside pre-enrolment periods
The circumstances and situations of students and their parents or caregivers can change during the year and schools will receive enrolment applications at any time. Enrolment applications from in-zone students are automatically accepted, but out-of-zone applications received outside an advertised pre-enrolment period can’t be accepted unless there are out-of-zone places available and a new ballot is held.
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