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IN-ZONE ENROLMENT: To assist the school with planning for 2023, please return to Main School Office before FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 (end of Term 3)

OUT-OF-ZONE ENROLMENT:  applications for 2023 close on WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2022. The ballot date is Wednesday 14 September 2022.



In accordance with the Education Act 1989, the Ministry of Education has informed the Papatoetoe High School Board of Trustees that it is their view that the school continues to need an enrolment scheme to avoid overcrowding.

The school's scheme is designed with the following objectives.

i    To avoid overcrowding in the school
ii   To recognise the significance of our historical home zone
iii  To provide opportunities for enrolment, where possible, to those not living in the stated home zone.

The board will delegate to the principal the authority to act as the board's agent in the decision-making process though the board reserves the right to examine any special circumstances and make its own judgement.


The zonal boundaries set out in the appendix, provide

a home zone for enrolments. Any student whose current place of

residence is in this home zone is entitled as of

right to enrol at the school at any time. Proof of residence

in the home zone will be required.

The school operates the following special programmes – (i) Richards Centre for students with physical disabilities and (ii) programme for refugee students. Students who live within the school's home zone and meet the criteria for enrolment in the special programmes will be enrolled ahead of out of zone students.

The number of out of zone refugee students and new enrolments into the Richards' Centre will be determined on an annual basis.

Selection Criteria for Richards Centre.
1. The student has a physical disability that is likely to prevent them from accessing the curriculum without receiving specialist support.
2. The student is able to be mainstreamed to some extent.
3. The student requires two or more of the specialist therapies provided.
4. The student is verified as Transitional, High or Very High Needs under the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme.

Selection Criteria for Refugee Students
1. An out of zone refugee student will only be accepted if there are other refugee students from the same country already in the school.
2. The student is able to be mainstreamed.

Students who meet the above criteria and live in-zone have priority in enrolment. The principal will determine the number of places available and whether the applicants meet the selection criteria. If the number of applicants who meet the selection criteria exceeds the number of places available, then these applicants will be considered by an enrolment committee. The enrolment committee is made up of:

  • The principal

  • The teacher in charge of the Richards Centre/teacher in charge of ESOL

  • The staff representative on the board of trustees

The enrolment committee will base its decisions on:

1. The degree to which the student meets the criteria as listed.
2. The transport needs of the student.
3. The availability of other schooling for the student.
4. The student's academic ability.
5. The student's record of behaviour, co-operation and effort.



There will be no automatic right of entry for any student living outside the home zone. However, the board will make available out of zone places of a number such that the optimum school roll will not be exceeded or appear likely to be exceeded at the time the decision is made. The board will publish this information by notice in the local newspaper. The notice will include how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.


Application for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:


First priority will be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in the following special programmes run by the school and approved by the Secretary for Education: (i) Richards Centre for students with physical disabilities and (ii) programme for refugee students.

Second priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.

Third priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.
Fourth priority will be given to applicants who are children of former students.
Fifth priority will be given to applicants who are children of board employees.
Sixth priority will be given to all other applicants.

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

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