Phillipstown School

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Phillipstown School
39 Nursery Road
Christchurch 8011
New Zealand
Coordinates 43°32′15″S 172°39′23″E / 43.5376°S 172.6563°E / -43.5376; 172.6563Coordinates: 43°32′15″S 172°39′23″E / 43.5376°S 172.6563°E / -43.5376; 172.6563
Funding type State
Ministry of Education Institution no. 3474
Principal Tony Simpson
Years offered 1–8
Gender Coeducational
School roll [1] (March 2015)
Socio-economic decile 1

Phillipstown School is a state coeducational full primary school located in the Christchurch, New Zealand suburb of Phillipstown. Founded in 1877,[2] the school has students from Years 1 to 8 (ages 5 to 13) as of March 2015.[1]

The school has an attached technology centre, which teaches "manual training" technology subjects to 1200 Year 7 and 8 students from Phillipstown and 30 other full primary schools in Christchurch.[3] Unlike intermediate schools and Year 7–13 secondary schools, most full primary schools in Christchurch don't have the roll numbers, staff or facilities to fully provide technology subjects to Year 7 and 8 students, so the technology centre caters for these schools. Students attend the centre for 90 minutes per week and rotate every term through six different areas of study: wood, metal, plastic, textiles, food, and electronics.[4]

Phillipstown came to national attention in 2013 when it sought a judicial review over Minister of Education Hekia Parata's decision to merge it with nearby Woolston School. The High Court subsequently ruled in favour of Phillipstown and overturned the Minister's decision.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 7 April 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  2. ^ "The History of Phillipstown". Phillipstown School. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Turner, Anna (24 November 2012). "Fears centre will go if schools merge". The Press (Christchurch). Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Scheme of Work 2013 -- Technology Centre". Phillipstown School. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Mathewson, Nicole; Dally, Joelle; O'Callaghan, Jody (11 October 2013). "Phillipstown School one, Parata nil". The Press (Christchurch). Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Mead, Thomas (10 October 2013). "Govt's decision to merge Phillipstown school overturned". 3 News NZ. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

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