Carncot Independent School for Girls and Boys

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Carncot Independent School
263 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
Coordinates 40°20′59″S 175°37′18″E / 40.349770°S 175.621691°E / -40.349770; 175.621691Coordinates: 40°20′59″S 175°37′18″E / 40.349770°S 175.621691°E / -40.349770; 175.621691
Type Coeducational Independent day school Years 1-8
Motto Veritas omnia vincit - Truth conquers all
Established Circa 1903
Ministry of Education Institution no. 4101
Principal Mr Owen Arnst
School roll 98[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 10

Carncot Independent School is a coeducational independent day school serving Years 1 to 8. It is located close to the central city of Palmerston North in the Manawatu District. New Zealand European make up 70% of the roll, with Māori, Pacific Island, European, South African, Middle and Far Eastern families represented. The school accepts international students.


About 1903, Constance Stanford began taking students for her school, which was located in rooms above William Park's stationery shop on Broadway. The school moved to several different locations until taking up residence in the Fitzherbert homestead on its present site at 263 Broadway Avenue in 1955. In 1998, the house was moved forward and a new school built at the back to accommodate an increasing roll. In 2003, a new gymnasium was added. The old school hall was converted into a music suite and the art gallery was opened in 2009.[citation needed]

Both boys and girls have attended the junior school since the early days, but no boys were enrolled in the last quarter of a century. Until 2013, Carncot was one of a handful of schools offering primary education in a girls-only context.[citation needed]

In late 2012, it was announced that for the first time in 30 years,[2] boys between years 1 and 6[3] would be able to enrol at the school from 2013.[4] The school is now fully co-educational from Years 1 to 8.

The school is governed by the Carncot Trust Board.

The staff is composed of a principal, an associate principal, nine classroom teachers and an administration team of seven staff.

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  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  4. ^ Rankin, Janine (15 September 2012). "Palmerston North school opens doors to boys". Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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