Kaiapoi High School - Amendment to Enrolment Scheme

Closed 17 Mar 2023

Opened 7 Nov 2022


The Ministry of Education has been working with Kaiapoi High School to establish an amendment to their current enrolment scheme.

*** Please note the closing date of this consultation has been extended from 09 December 2022 to 17 March 2023 ***

The purpose of an enrolment scheme is to assist the Board to manage the risk of overcrowding, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the network of local schools. Click here for the purpose and principles of an enrolment scheme. (Right click to open in a new window)


A key part of an enrolment scheme is the home zone.

The current enrolment scheme for Kaiapoi High School was defined in 2007, with an amendment to include the entirety of the Ravenswood subdivision in March 2012. 

There is currently significant residential growth occurring within the Kaiapoi High School enrolment scheme home zone. To mitigate the risk of over-crowding at the school, consideration must firstly be given to reducing the area of the home zone. There are currently large areas of overlap with the home zones of neighbouring secondary schools, and these have been identified as areas of interest (B, C, D, E and F) for Kaiapoi High School to withdraw from.

Analysis of these areas indicates that currently, there is justification to propose reducing the home zone of Kaiapoi High School by withdrawing from Areas B, C and D but less justification to withdraw from Areas E and F.

Most students residing in Areas B, C and D currently attend Rangiora High School. Due to the relatively low number of Kaiapoi High School students residing in these proposed withdrawal areas, we are also consulting on an Additional Entitlement to Enrol provision for siblings of current students residing in these areas to be able to continue to enrol at Kaiapoi High School as if they resided in-zone. This provision is also known as 'Grandparenting'. Please see the attachment below for further information.

All students residing in withdrawal areas who are already enrolled at Kaiapoi High School before the enrolment scheme amendment commences are entitled to stay at Kaiapoi High School.

The home zone map and written description have also been updated to account for residential development along the borders of the home zone, as well as significant changes to roading. This will allow more accurate identification of in-zone addresses, particularly when using online search tools. The enrolment scheme wording has also been updated to reflect the Education and Training Act (2020).

Redrawn home zone map including areas of interest (right click to open in a new window)

Proposed enrolment scheme including written description and map (right click to open in a new window)

The amended enrolment scheme is proposed to commence from 01 January 2024.

All learners/ākonga who live within the home zone of Kaiapoi High School will have an entitlement to attend the school and those that live outside the home zone may be accepted if there are out-of-zone places available and an application meets legislated requirements. To be able to do this, boards at state schools keep an eye on the number of applications received from in-zone students to help them determine the places they might have available for out-of-zone students once all in-zone enrolments are accepted.

It is important that we hear and understand community perspectives before we establish this amendment to the enrolment scheme at Kaiapoi High School – especially the design and practical implications of the home zone.  Please have a look at the map and information available before you participate in the consultation process.

*** Please note there is also a consultation open for an amendment to Rangiora High School’s enrolment scheme. This is primarily to clarify their home zone boundary due to rural residential development and changes in roading infrastructure along boundary roads. For more information please click here and you will be directed to the Rangiora High School consultation page. ***

This consultation process is about enrolment schemes, which determines eligibilty to enrol. 


Information (please read this before completing the survey)

Proposed enrolment scheme including written description and map (right click to open in a new window) 

Redrawn home zone map including areas of interest (right click to open in a new window)

Proposed map only with Areas A, E and F (right click to open in a new window)

Frequently Asked Questions (right click to open in a new window) 

Additional Entitlement to Enrol information (right click to open in a new window) 


What happens next

After consultation is finished, the Ministry of Education will collate all feedback and process this information to ensure it meets the requirements of the Education and Training Act 2020 (Schedule 20, Clause 5). If the Ministry is satisfied that the enrolment schemes meets these requirements, the enrolment scheme will be finalised and provided to the Board. The school’s board must implement the finalised enrolment scheme as soon as practicable.