St Albans School Enrolment Scheme Review
Our school has experienced significant and unexpected roll growth in recent years, which means we currently have more students than the school was built to accommodate. We have therefore been instructed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to undertake a review of our zone boundary.
The Board of Trustees has been working with the MOE to carefully consider our options, and the following information outlines the Board’s current preferred options for a reduction in the St Albans School enrolment zone. This review requires the Board of Trustees to consult with the community, so we would welcome any feedback on the options presented here (please find feedback survey here – responses required by 1 November).
Please be assured that no final decision on zone changes will be made until the views of the community have been heard.
Why do we need to review the zone?
St Albans School has a build capacity of 600, and as of today we have a roll of 649 with more enrolments for 2019 still coming in. By law we are required to accept all enrolments from within our zone.
Please note that these figures include both the English Medium roll (mainstream) and students in Te Tikanga Rua Reo (our bi-lingual unit known as TTRR, which has a roll of 58 for 2020). Te Tikanga Rua Reo is a special character programme with its own enrolment scheme and criteria, so for the purposes of this review we need only consider the mainstream roll numbers. The number of students within TTRR is capped and does not have any effect on the mainstream roll.
The school has already moved to manage the roll growth through other measures such as withdrawing from being a Signatory for International Students (the school has not accepted any international enrolments for ten years), and making the decision to not enrol siblings of current students if they are no longer living within the school zone.
We have been informed by the MOE that there is no land purchase option available to us, therefore a reduction in our school zone will be necessary in order to bring our roll back down to a more appropriate number for this school site.
The MOE has said a future zone design that contained approximately 500-550 students would be appropriate.
What options are we considering?
The MOE has provided the following map, with ‘areas of interest’ marked for the Board’s consideration.
For each of these areas of interest, we have looked at factors such as distance from St Albans School; access to other schools; which schools students in the area attend; and density and potential for future population growth. These are summarised in the following table. Our preferred options are based on careful analysis of each of the areas of interest.
|AREA||Closest school||Percentage of year 1-6 students attending St Albans School||Density
*please see note at the end of this table for density descriptions
|A||Similar distance to St Albans Primary, Shirley Primary or Mairehau Primary (approx 1km)||86%||Medium (RS)||Do not recommend for withdrawal.|
|B||Similar distance to St Albans Primary and Shirley Primary (approx 1km)||91%||Medium – High (RS + RSDT). Area includes St Albans Park.||Do not recommend for withdrawal.|
|C||Similar distance to St Albans Primary and the new Banks Avenue School site (approx 1.3km)||71%||Medium – High (RS + RSDT)||Do not recommend for withdrawal.|
|D||Closest to Christchurch East School (approx 1.5km). Similar distance to St Albans Primary and new Banks Avenue School site (approx 1.9km).||80%||High (RMD)
Area includes part of the old Orion site, which is also partly zoned RMD so has potential for significant future growth.
|Recommend for withdrawal from zone.|
|E||Similar distance to St Albans Primary and Elmwood Primary. Note – already within Elmwood School zone.||5%||Medium – High (RMD + RSDT)||Recommend for withdrawal from zone.|
|F||Similar distance to St Albans Primary and Elmwood Primary. Note – part of this area already within Elmwood School zone.||30%||Medium – High (RMD + RSDT)||Recommend for withdrawal from zone.|
|G||Similar distance to St Albans Primary and Elmwood Primary. Note – part of this area already within Elmwood School zone.||53%||Medium – High (RMD + RSDT)||Recommend for withdrawal from zone.|
|H||Similar distance to St Albans Primary and Elmwood Primary. Note – part of this area already within Elmwood School zone.||75%||Medium – High (RMD + RSDT)||Recommend for withdrawal from zone.|
|I||Closest to St Albans School (approx 1.4km), but concerns about access due to increased traffic from Northern Motorway. Similar distance to the new Banks Avenue School site or Christchurch East School (approx 1.9km)||67%||High (RMD). Area includes part of the old Orion site, which is also partly zoned RMD so has potential for significant future growth.||Recommend for withdrawal from zone.|
|J||Similar distance to St Albans School and Christchurch East School (approx 1.7km). Concerns about access to St Albans School due to increased traffic on Cranford Street from Northern Motorway.||80%||High (RMD)||Recommend for withdrawal from zone.|
|K||Core area of St Albans School Zone; not being considered for removal from the zone because St Albans School is the closest primary school for these households.||82%||Medium – High (mainly RSDT)||Do not recommend for withdrawal.|
|M||Similar distance to St Albans Primary and Mairehau Primary. Note – already within Mairehau School zone.||95%||Medium (RS)||Do not recommend for withdrawal.|
*Density is taken from the Christchurch City Council District Plan:
- RS = Residential Suburban Zone, which is characterised by single and double storey semi-detached or detached houses and enables properties to be converted to two residential units.
- RSDT = Residential Suburban Density Transition Zone, which generally provides the ability to build low to medium density housing and infill development (including units, townhouses and small scaled multi-unit developments) at a higher density than the RS Zone.
- RMD = Residential Medium Density Zone, which provides for both detached dwellings and multi-unit development, including apartments buildings up to 3 storeys in height.
Based on the number of year 1 – 6 students currently living within each of the areas of interest, the Board believes the withdrawal of areas D, E, F, G, H, I and J will achieve an overall reduction in our roll of approximately 60 students.
This reduction in the roll would not happen immediately because all current students at the time of the zone change are entitled to remain at St Albans School until the end of year 6, and any change to the zone would also include a ‘Grandparenting’ clause. This means that siblings of current in-zone students will be permitted to enrol at St Albans School, even if they are not living within the new zone, as long as they are:
- Already born at the time of the zone change, and
- Still living in the same dwelling (ie. that which was in-zone prior to the zone change) at the time of their enrolment
Have your say
We want to hear what our community thinks about the proposed zone changes outlined above. Even if you are not directly affected, we would like to hear from you because you are the people who know this community and this school the best.
Please fill out the short survey via this link by 1 November.
We are also consulting with the neighbouring schools who may be affected by a change to our zone, and working closely with the MOE to ensure that any change to the St Albans School zone will work within the broader network that the MOE manages. It is important that we carry out a thorough process, but also that we act as quickly as possible in the best interests of our school.
Once we have received feedback from the community and our neighbouring schools, we will summarise those responses and make this available to you. That feedback will inform the final recommendation that we will submit to the MOE. We anticipate the new enrolment zone being in place within the first half of 2020.
The St Albans School Board of Trustees