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Proposed Enrolment Scheme for Mt Albert Primary School


The last few years at Mt Albert Primary has seen rapid roll growth from around 200 students

in 2010 to over 460 by the end of 2016. The ten room space of our new building (opened in

mid-2015) is fully utilized and we are filling classrooms in the relocatable (prefab) buildings 

that were to be removed at the completion of the new build.

Last year was a particularly challenging year for growth, the rapid influx of new students made it difficult to keep class sizes to within acceptable levels while new teachers were recruited. This roll growth has led the Ministry of Education to recommend an enrolment scheme (zoning) for the school. The purpose of an enrolment scheme is to avoid overcrowding  and enable the Ministry to make best use of the school network. A scheme also ensures that selection of students happens in a fair and transparent manner.

What does having an enrolment scheme (zoning) mean?

In a nutshell, it means:

·        Children who live in the school's area (the zone) are guaranteed a place at their local school.

·        If the school has extra places, children who live outside the zone can apply for those places.

Please see over further down for the details of the proposed scheme, which include a written description of the proposed zone and an accompanying map that shows the proposed zone boundary. We have also provided answers to what we anticipate will be frequently asked questions.

What’s the process from here?

This notice is the start of community consultation that the Board of Trustees are running on the proposed scheme and zone boundaries. If you wish to provide feedback on the proposed boundary, then please provide feedback via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z9RDHT6. The board will also be available at the PTA picnic this Friday 3rd March at 3pm to answer any questions you may have about the scheme. Feedback will close on Friday 1st April. The board provides feedback on the consultation through to the ministry who will make the final recommendation on the enrolment scheme. The enrolment scheme is anticipated to be in place for the start of term 2 (1st May 2017)

Mt Albert Board of Trustees

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the school introducing a zone?

Our school is experiencing rapid roll growth and we have been requested by the Ministry of Education to introduce an Enrolment Scheme as a means of managing this growth. This will help prevent overcrowding at the school, and enable the Ministry of Education to make best use of the current accommodation at schools in the surrounding area.

How do enrolment schemes work?

The Ministry has to agree that a scheme is necessary and has to approve the content of the scheme. 

Every year the board must place a notice in a newspaper circulating in the area, stating:

·        how many out of zone places are likely to be available;

·        the date by which applications for out of zone places must be received;

·        the date(s) of any ballot(s) for out of zone places.

If the board receives fewer out of zone applications than there are places available, no ballot will be necessary and all applicants will be enrolled.

To start with, MAPS will advertise one ballot for term 3 and another for term 4.

I live in the zone, what does this change mean for me?

Nothing. All children living ‘in zone’ have an ‘absolute right’ to enrol at the school. This applies to children currently attending MAPS as well as those that wish to attend in the future.

I live out of zone, and my child already attends MAPS, is my child’s place at the school at risk?

No, all children currently attending MAPS have a guaranteed place at the school until they finish year 6.

I live out of zone and I have a child/children who wants to enrol at MAPS in the future. What does this change mean for me?

In order to enrol children at the school in future, you will have to apply for ‘out of zone’ enrolment. Under the Education Act, out of zone students must be taken in the order of priority listed below.

1.   First priority is given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school:  This does not apply to MAPS (there are no 'special programmes' at MAPS that this would apply to).

2.     Second priority is given to any applicant who is the brother or sister of a current student of the school: 

3.     Third priority must be given to any student who is the brother or sister of a former student of the school: 

4.     Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school: 

5.     Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school: 

6.     Sixth priority is given to all other applicants.

What happens if too many people apply from ‘out of zone’?

If the school receives more applications than it has places, then a ballot will take place to determine who will be allowed to enrol. Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list until the next ballot takes place.

I live one street out of zone, can my child still attend MAPS?

If you do you not live in zone, then you do not have automatic right of enrolment, you have to apply for ‘out of zone’ enrolment as described above.

 

Mt Albert School (1381)

Enrolment Scheme

Effective from (date)

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.

Home Zone

All students who live within the home zone described below shall be entitled to enrol at the school.

Starting at the intersection of Mt Albert Road and New North Road, travel north east along New North Road (904-400, 899-425) and continue north east along Asquith Avenue. Travel north west along Rossgrove Terrace and follow Linwood Avenue to St Lukes Road. Travel north along St Lukes Road and travel east along the north western motorway (SH16) to the Bond Street overbridge. Travel south along the centre of Bond Street and continue south then south west along both sides of Sandringham Road to Walters Road. Travel east along Walters Road (25, 28 and above included), south along Cricket Avenue and west along Reimers Avenue, back to Sandringham Road. Travel south along both sides of Sandringham Road to Royal Terrace (excluded), then continue south along the centre of Sandringham Road (1-345, 2-100 included) to St Lukes Road. Travel west along St Lukes Road (123, 110 and below included), south west along Wagener Place and continue south west across country, along the boundary of Mt Albert Grammar to the intersection of Mt Albert Road (excluded) and Alberton Avenue (included). Travel north west along Mt Albert Road (Mt Albert Road excluded; Kitenui Avenue, Ranleigh Road, and Allendale Road included), back to the starting point.

All residential addresses on included sides of boundary roads and all no exit roads off included sides of boundary roads are included in the zone unless otherwise stated.

Proof of residence within the home zone will be required.

Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students will be sought by a date which will be published in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.  This will enable the board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone.

Special Programmes

This priority category is not applicable at this school because the school does not run a Special programme approved by the Secretary.

Out of Zone Enrolments

Each year the board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

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

First Priority       This priority category is not applicable at this school because the school                                 does not run a Special programme approved by the Secretary.

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 any applicant who is a child of a former student of the                                  school.

Fifth Priority        will be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the                              board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.

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.

Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.

Click link below to see:
MT ALBERT SCHOOL - DRAFT ENROLMENT SCHEME HOME ZONE