Future Education Provision in the Rolleston Area

There is ongoing and projected growth in the Rolleston area, meaning that additional secondary provision will likely be required by 2025. A new primary school in East Rolleston located at a site on Ed Hillary Drive is projected to open in term 1, 2022.

Options for additional secondary provision are an additional Year 9 – 13 secondary school with its own enrolment scheme home zone, and the Rolleston College home zone would be adjusted to allow for this. Alternatively, the additional secondary provision could be a second campus of Rolleston College that could be configured in a number of different ways. These options are described in more detail below.


The existing four state primary schools (Clearview Primary, Lemonwood Grove School, Rolleston School and West Rolleston Primary School) are about to start consultation on amendments to their current enrolment scheme boundaries. This will minimise the risk of overcrowding at each school, as well as determining the enrolment scheme boundaries for the new school in East Rolleston when it opens in 2022. Information on these proposed boundaries can be found below.

We would welcome your feedback on either the proposed primary enrolment scheme boundaries or the options for additional secondary provision, or both. You can provide feedback by completing an online survey which will be available until 24th August and which can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/RollestonSurvey

There are also public meetings to gather feedback:

  • Monday August 10th, 7 – 8pm, Clearview School

  • Tuesday August 11th, 7 – 8pm, Clearview School

Both meetings will cover the same material, so feel free to attend whichever best suits your schedule. You are in no way disadvantaged if you are unable to attend, your responses to the online survey will be considered carefully as part of this process.

Options for additional secondary provision

Additional secondary provision will likely be required by 2025. Potential options for additional secondary provision are outlined below. All of these new options will be on a separate site from Rolleston College. The search area for a new site for additional secondary provision is in the south of Rolleston, around 1.5 - 2km from the Rolleston College site. 


When new physical facilities are proposed as part of a development such as this, a community may have questions regarding the design of facilities and the relationships with quality learning. Evidence supports physical facilities which are flexible and able to be configured in a number of ways to facilitate different uses and different student needs. Physical facilities may also be built to support some of the priorities of the community, such as those who value innovation, collaboration, cultural pathways, or stronger community connections, for example. The current process is not considering the physical facilities themselves as this will come at later stages of development once the structure for additional secondary provision is determined.


A new Year 9 – 13 Secondary School

This would involve the creation of a new secondary school. It would have its own identity, own governance, own uniform etc. The design of such a school would be developed with input from the community.

This new school would develop its own enrolment scheme home zone and the Rolleston College home zone would be adjusted to allow for this. Students living in the home zone of the new school would have access to that school, and students living in the home zone of Rolleston College would continue to have access to Rolleston College.


Students who attend Rolleston College and are living within the area that becomes part of the new school’s enrolment scheme would not be disadvantaged and would continue to have access to Rolleston College. Standard ‘grand-parenting’ provisions may apply. This ensures that if an address becomes out of zone for Rolleston College due to a reduction in the Rolleston College scheme, the address will continue to be considered ‘in-zone’ for as long as it contains children who are younger siblings of current students.


A second campus of Rolleston College

This would involve developing a second campus of Rolleston College on a separate site. This second campus would have the same Board of Trustees and management team. There would also be a single vision and identity for the school. There are different configurations for how this could work, such as:

The two campuses could be geographically separated.

Geographic areas would be developed to determine which students attend which of the two campuses, similar to how an enrolment scheme home zone operates.

Juniors and seniors could be separated into separate campuses.

This option would involve students transitioning from a junior campus into a senior campus. The ideal groupings would be determined, such as Year 9 – 10 and Year 11 – 13. In this arrangement, staggered start and end times may be considered to facilitate drop offs/pickups. Each campus could be equipped with facilities which best meet the needs of those student year levels.

The two campuses could be arranged in a different way, determined through this engagement process.

Based on input from the community, other arrangements for how a single Rolleston College could be separated into two campuses. For example, there could be particular specialist facilities on each site or special programmes on each site, or other things which are shared or separate.

Enrolment Scheme maps and descriptions

The following maps and written descriptions outline the proposed enrolment scheme boundary amendments that the boards of trustees are consulting on. The first map shows the enrolment scheme boundaries as they are currently and the second map shows the enrolment scheme amendments the four boards of trustees (Clearview Primary, Lemonwood Grove School, Rolleston School and West Rolleston Primary School) are proposing to implement. There are also written descriptions below for each of the four proposed amended enrolment scheme home zones.

Map 1: Current enrolment scheme home zones (2020) - click below to enlarge                                                             
















Map 2: Proposed enrolment scheme home zones (2021) - click below to enlarge   



Written description - click to view

In 2022, when an additional primary school is projected to open in East Rolleston, further amendments are proposed to the enrolment scheme home zones for Clearview School and Lemonwood Grove School, along with the creation of an enrolment scheme home zone for the new school in East Rolleston. The map of these proposed amendments, and the proposed enrolment scheme home zone for the new school is shown below. Due to there still being development and naming of streets in some of the relevant areas, there is not a written description of these zones. Written descriptions will be developed based on the feedback received through this consultation process.

Map 3: Proposed enrolment scheme home zones (2022) - click below to enlarge 

Rolleston Y1_8 Current 2020 ES.PNG
Rolleston Y1_8 Draft 2021 ES.PNG
Rolleston Y1_8 Draft 2022 ES.PNG

Enrolment Scheme FAQs

What is an enrolment scheme? 

An Enrolment Scheme is a means of preventing overcrowding at a school, ensuring fair and transparent processes are used to determine enrolment eligibility, and enabling the Ministry of Education to make best use of the current schools in the surrounding area. Each enrolment scheme must contain a home zone with clearly defined boundaries. 


A school enrolment scheme gives students who live in the home zone a guarantee that they can go to that school.  The Enrolment Scheme also details the way in which students may enrol at a Special Programme run by the school, and the way in which out-of-zone applications will be balloted.

How is a home zone determined? 


The home zone is generally determined based on a combination of; midpoints between schools, barriers to access,  current neighbouring zone boundaries, contributing (feeder) school zones, and number of students within the area,  geographical considerations e.g. rivers and access. 

A school’s home zone must be defined by geographic boundaries, and must be described in such a way that any given  address is either within or outside the home zone. 

A school’s home zone— 

  (a) must be an area for which the school is a reasonably convenient school for a student living in that area to  attend; and 

  (b) may exclude any area for which another school is also a reasonably convenient school for a student living in   

   that area to attend; and 

  (c) may exclude any area that it is desirable to exclude for the purpose of allowing the Secretary to make best     

   use of the existing network of State schools in the area. 


What happens after the boards of trustees have consulted? 


When the board has consulted with their community and schools that might be affected by the proposed enrolment  schemes, they will consider the feedback received and submit a proposed scheme, along with the feedback received to the Ministry of Education for final approval. When the Ministry has approved the enrolment scheme, the board will formally  adopt the scheme. 

Who can take part in the consultation? 


Anyone who wants to have their say on the proposed enrolment schemes including students, parents, local communities  and neighbouring schools. 


How were the new and amended schemes determined? 


It is the board of trustees for each school that make the decision on the areas they will consult on. The Ministry supports this process by providing analytics and data on current and projected school rolls, as well as information on the expected  impact of enrolment schemes on the local school network.  


Following consultation, the schools will consider all feedback and then make their recommendation to the Ministry of  Education.


I don’t have children attending  school in Rolleston, can I still take part in the consultation? 


Anyone who wants to have their say on the proposed enrolment scheme can do so even if they don’t have children attending school in the area. 

My children attend one of the schools involved in the consultation – how does this consultation affect our family? 


Irrespective of a new or amended enrolment scheme, no students currently enrolled at a primary school will be 

disadvantaged and they will remain students of their respective school. 

We live in an area that is currently within a school enrolment scheme and the consultation proposes that it would 

continue to be within that school’s enrolment scheme – what does this mean for our family? 


If the proposed enrolment scheme amendment is implemented there will be no changes for your family.  


We live in an area that is currently within a school enrolment scheme and the consultation proposes that it would 

become part of a different school’s enrolment scheme – what does this mean for our family? 


Irrespective of any changes to the enrolment schemes, no students currently enrolled will be disadvantaged and they will  remain students of their respective school. 


Standard “grand-parenting” provisions may apply. This ensures that if an address becomes out of zone due to a  reduction in the scheme, the address will continue to be considered “in zone”, but only for as long as it contains children  who are younger siblings of current students. 


If an address becomes part of a different school scheme, students not yet enrolled at a school will be able to attend the  school that they will then be in-zone for. 



Our children attend state integrated / private schools – what does this consultation mean for our family? 


There is no change to your child attending state integrated / private schools however if your child wants the option to  attend a state co-ed school, enrolment schemes ensure that they are able to attend a local school  that is reasonably 

convenient to where they live. 



I’ve never enrolled a child at a school with an enrolment scheme – what do I need to know about doing this?  


Prior to enrolment, parents/caregivers would be required to supply documentation to verify their residency address to the school. 


I want to enrol my children at a school with an enrolment scheme, but we live outside the enrolment scheme area – what do I do? 


If your child wants the option to attend a state school as an out of zone student, it would then be via the ballot system which may not see them being enrolled. 


As per the usual process, the Boards of Trustees will determine each year how many spaces they are able to make  available for out of zone applicants. 


Each year, schools are required to put a notice in a local newspaper saying: 


  • how many out-of-zone places are likely to be available 

  • the closing date for applications for these places 

  • any ballot dates for out-of-zone places. 


However, you can contact a school at any time to ask about zoning and have them send you an enrolment pack which  will have important dates.   


Applicants are accepted in this order: 


  1. first priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school 

  2. second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school 

  3. third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling 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 must be given to all other applicants. 



Can a board change the order of priority for out of zone applicants? 


No. The order of priority is set out in the Education Act and cannot be changed. 

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