List of schools in Christchurch
There are 145 schools in Christchurch, New Zealand's second most-populous city, serving approximately 59,000 primary and secondary school students. Most schools are large urban schools based in the city of Christchurch itself, including some of the largest in the country, with several small rural primary schools and a combined primary/secondary school on Banks Peninsula.
In New Zealand schools, students begin formal education in Year 1 at the age of five. Year 13 is the final year of formal education. The thirteen years of formal education are generally broken up into primary education (Years 1 to 8) and secondary education (Years 9 to 13). In Christchurch, primary education is generally served by a combination of contributing primary schools (Years 1–6), full primary schools (Years 1–8), and intermediate schools (Years 7 and 8), while secondary schools serving Years 9-13 cater for secondary education. There are also a smaller number of combined intermediate and secondary schools serving Years 7-13; composite schools (combined primary and secondary schools) serving Years 1-13; special schools serving children with visual, hearing and intellectual impairments, learning difficulties and behavioural problems; and teen parent units, providing education and support for teenage parents.
State schools are those fully funded by the government and at which no fees for tuition of domestic students (i.e. New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, and Australian citizens) can be charged, although a donation is commonly requested. A state integrated school is a former private school with a special character based on a religious or philosophical belief that has been integrated into the state system. State integrated schools charge "attendance dues" to cover the building and maintenance of school buildings, which are not owned by the government, but otherwise they like state schools cannot charge fees for tuition of domestic students but may request a donation. Private schools charge fees to its students for tuition, as do state and state integrated schools for tuition of international students. In Christchurch, approximately 77 percent of students attend state schools, 15.5 percent attend state integrated schools, and 7.5 percent attend private schools.
The roll of each school changes frequently as students start school for the first time, move between schools, and graduate or drop out. The rolls given here are those provided by the Ministry of Education, and are based on figures from July 2017. The Ministry of Education institution number links to Te Kete Ipurangi page for each school.
Note that due to the effects of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, some schools that were located in the central city and the eastern suburbs of the city have temporarily moved to other locations due to structural and/or land damage at their existing sites. These changes are noted below. The state school network in Christchurch was reviewed by the New Zealand Government in 2013, with six schools closed, six schools merged to form three schools, and another three schools adding year levels in January 2014.
- 1 Primary schools
- 2 Secondary schools
- 3 Composite schools
- 4 Special schools and teen parent units
- 5 Former schools
- 6 Footnotes
- 7 External links
Contributing primary schools (Year 1–6)
The 36 contributing primary schools cover the first six years of primary education from age 5 to age 11. Students normally progress afterward to an intermediate school, though some may go to a combined intermediate and secondary school. While the majority are state schools there are two integrated contributing primary schools.
|Banks Avenue School||3289||Coed||Dallington||State||361|||
|Burnside Primary School||3305||Coed||Burnside||State||267|||
|Elmwood Normal School||3334||Coed||Merivale||State||527|||
|Fendalton Open Air School||3338||Coed||Burnside||State||448|||
|Gilberthorpe School||3346||Coed||Hei Hei||State||163|||
|Hoon Hay School||3379||Coed||Hoon Hay||State||455|||
|Hornby Primary School||3380||Coed||Hornby||State||244|||
|Linwood Avenue School||3413||Coed||Linwood||State||366|||
|Linwood North School||3415||Coed||Linwood||State||282|||
|Paparoa Street School||3467||Coed||Papanui||State||532|||
|Rowley Avenue School||3492||Coed||Hoon Hay||State||102|||
|South Hornby School||3507||Coed||Hornby||State||221|||
|St Albans Catholic School||3517||Coed||St Albans||Integrated||91||||Catholic|
|St Albans School||3518||Coed||St Albans||State||564|||
|St James School||3523||Coed||Aranui||Integrated||111||||Catholic|
|Waitākiri Primary School||685||Coed||Burwood||State||633|||
|West Spreydon School||3588||Coed||Spreydon||State||311|||
Full primary schools (Year 1–8)
|Cashmere Primary School||3310||Coed||Cashmere||State||474|||
|Cathedral Grammar School||368||Coed||Central City||Private||256||||Anglican|
|Christ The King School||3316||Coed||Burnside||Integrated||321||||Catholic|
|Christchurch East School||3317||Coed||Central City||State||274|||
|Diamond Harbour School||3327||Coed||Diamond Harbour||State||153|||
|Governors Bay School||3354||Coed||Governors Bay||State||85|||
|Halswell West Primary School||Coed||Halswell||State||Opens January 2019.|
|Heathcote Valley School||3371||Coed||Heathcote Valley||State||254|||
|Jean Seabrook Memorial School||2126||Coed||Richmond||Private||14||–|
|Little River School||3418||Coed||Little River||State||111|||
|Lyttelton Primary School||686||Coed||Lyttelton||State||207|
|Mount Pleasant School||3443||Coed||Mt Pleasant||State||349|||
|New Brighton Catholic School||3445||Coed||New Brighton||Integrated||178||||Catholic|
|Nova Montessori School||1582||Coed||New Brighton||Private||44||||Montessori education|
|Okains Bay School||3452||Coed||Okains Bay||State||13||–|
|Our Lady of the Assumption School||3461||Coed||Hoon Hay||Integrated||279||||Catholic|
|Our Lady of Victories School||3463||Coed||Sockburn||Integrated||204||||Catholic|
|Ouruhia Model School||3464||Coed||Ouruhia||State||70|||
|Rawhiti School||696||Coed||New Brighton||State||559|||
|Sacred Heart School||3270||Coed||Addington||Integrated||186||||Catholic|
|Selwyn House School||4138||Girls||Merivale||Private||200||||Boarding|
|Seven Oaks School||610||Coed||Waltham||Private||44|||
|South New Brighton School||3508||Coed||New Brighton||State||470|||
|St Anne's School||3520||Coed||Woolston||Integrated||108||||Catholic|
|St Bernadette's School||3521||Coed||Hornby||Integrated||125||||Catholic|
|St Francis of Assisi Catholic School||738||Coed||Mairehau||Integrated||370||||Catholic|
|St Joseph's School||3531||Coed||Papanui||Integrated||424||||Catholic|
|St Mark's School||4135||Coed||Opawa||Integrated||225||||Anglican|
|St Martins School||3534||Coed||St Martins||State||555|||
|St Mary's School||3535||Coed||Central City||Integrated||104||||Catholic|
|St Michael's Church School||4136||Coed||Central City||Private||49||||Anglican|
|St Patrick's School||3537||Coed||Bryndwr||Integrated||162||||Catholic|
|St Peter's School||3542||Coed||Beckenham||Integrated||157||||Catholic|
|St Teresa's School||3543||Coed||Riccarton||Integrated||170||||Catholic|
|Star of the Sea School||3544||Coed||Sumner||Integrated||51||||Catholic|
|Tamariki School||4143||Coed||Woolston||Integrated||56||||Special Character school, based on principles of A.S. Neill|
|Te Waka Unua School||684||Coed||Woolston||State||482|||
|Yaldhurst Model School||3602||Coed||Yaldhurst||State||155||||Focus on hands on, discovery, fun, agency|
Intermediate schools (Years 7–8)
|Christchurch South Intermediate||3318||Coed||Spreydon||State||519|||
|Heaton Normal Intermediate||3372||Coed||Merivale||State||569|||
|Catholic Cathedral College||531||Coed||Central City||Integrated||464||||Catholic|
|Hillmorton High School||339||Coed||Hillmorton||State||724|||||
|Hornby High School||338||Coed||Hornby||State||693|||||
|Rangi Ruru Girls' School||325||Girls||Merivale||Private||621||||Presbyterian, Boarding|
|St Thomas of Canterbury College||331||Boys||Sockburn||Integrated||621||||Catholic|
|Villa Maria College||326||Girls||Upper Riccarton||Integrated||822||||Catholic|
The fourteen Year 9–13 secondary schools in Christchurch serve all five years of secondary education. They are a mixture of state, integrated and private schools, both coeducational and single sex.
The eleven composite schools in Christchurch each cover both primary and secondary education. The majority of them are private or state-integrated, although four are state schools, including two Kura Kaupapa Māori and an area school in Akaroa.
|Aidanfield Christian School||82||Coed||Aidanfield||Integrated||288||||Nondenominational Christian|
|Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery||683||Coed||Ilam/Aidanfield[nb 2]||State||457||||Designated Character (s156)|
|Akaroa Area School||350||Coed||Akaroa||State||126|||
|Christchurch Adventist School||317||Coed||Papanui||Integrated||229||||Seventh-day Adventist|
|Emmanuel Christian School||1168||Coed||Bishopdale||Integrated||172||||Nondenominational Christian|
|Haeata Community Campus||704||Coed||Wainoni||State||897|||
|Hillview Christian School||341||Coed||St Martins||Integrated||533||||Nondenominational Christian|
|Middleton Grange School||335||Coed||Upper Riccarton||Integrated||1369||||Nondenominational Christian|
|Rudolf Steiner School||419||Coed||Opawa||Integrated||364||||Waldorf education|
|St Andrew's College||318||Coed||Strowan||Private||1455||||Presbyterian, Boarding|
|St Margaret's College||333||Girls||Merivale||Private||768||||Anglican, Boarding|
|TKKM o Te Whanau Tahi||1618||Coed||Spreydon||State||150||–||Kura Kaupapa Māori|
|TKKM o Waitaha||4212||Coed||Waltham||State||79||||Kura Kaupapa Māori|
|Te Pa o Rakaihautu||706||Coed||Richmond||State||216||||Kura Kaupapa Māori. Designated Character (s156)
Opened January 2015
Special schools and teen parent units
|Allenvale Special School and Residential Centre||3275||Intellectual impairments||Coed||Bryndwr||State||137|||
|Ferndale School||3339||Intellectual impairments||Coed||Merivale||State||104|||
|Halswell Residential College||522||Intellectual impairments||Boys||Aidanfield||State||13|||
|Kimihia Parents' College||2761||Teen Parent Unit||Woolston||State||[nb 3]|||
|Kingslea School||518||Learning / Social Difficulties||Coed||Shirley||State||78|||
|Southern Regional Health School||1631||Hospital school||Coed||Central City||State||27|||
|Van Asch College||519||Deaf / Hearing-impaired||Coed||Sumner||State||31|||
|Waitaha Learning Centre||3554||Intellectual impairments||Coed||Templeton||State||77|||
- Aorangi School in Bryndwr closed on 27 January 2010, with pupils disbursing to other schools.
- Birch Grove School – closed and merged with Mairehau School, April 2004
- Branston Intermediate, state intermediate at Hornby, closed in January 2014 as part of state school network review; Hornby High School added Years 7 and 8 as a result. In July 2017, South Hornby School relocated to the former school site.
- Burwood School, state contributing primary at Burwood, merged with Windsor School in January 2014 to form Waitakiri Primary School.
- Central New Brighton School, state full primary in New Brighton, merged with Freeville School and North New Brighton School in January 2015 to form Rawhiti School.
- Christchurch West High School, amalgamated with Technical High School in 1965 to become Hagley High School (now Hagley Community College)
- Freeville School, state full primary in New Brighton, merged with Central New Brighton School and North New Brighton School in January 2015 to form Rawhiti School.
- Glenelg Health Came School, Hillsborough – closed January 2012.
- Glenmoor School, state contributing primary at Mairehau, closed in January 2014 as part of state school network review.
- Hammersley Park School, state contributing primary in Shirley – closed voluntarily in January 2013 due to declining roll numbers and uneconomic costs to repair earthquake damage.
- Kendal School, state contributing primary at Burnside, closed in January 2014 as part of state school network review.
- Le Bons Bay School, state full primary on Banks Peninsula – closed voluntarily in January 2013 due to declining roll numbers.
- Linwood Intermediate, state intermediate at Linwood, closed in January 2014 as part of state school network review; Linwood College added Years 7 and 8 as a result.
- Lyttelton Main School, state full primary in Lyttelton, merged with Lyttelton West School in May 2014 to form Lyttelton Primary School.
- Lyttelton West School, state full primary in Lyttelton, merged with Lyttelton Main School in May 2014 to form Lyttelton Primary School.
- Manning Intermediate, state intermediate at Hoon Hay, closed in January 2014 as part of state school network review; Hillmorton High School added Years 7 and 8 as a result.
- Marylands School
- McKenzie Residential School, special school for learning and social difficulties in Russley, closed in January 2013.
- North New Brighton School, state full primary in New Brighton, merged with Freeville School and Central New Brighton School in January 2015 to form Rawhiti School.
- Our Lady of Fatima School, state-integrated Catholic full primary in Mairehau – merged with St Paul's School in January 2016 to form St Francis of Assisi Catholic School.
- Richmond School, state contributing primary at Richmond, closed in January 2014 as part of state school network review.
- Sacred Heart College, opened 1959, amalgamated with Xavier College in 1987 to form Catholic Cathedral College.
- St Joseph's School, Barbadoes St, Christchurch.
- St Paul's School, state-integrated Catholic full primary in Dallington – school site was red-zoned after 2011 earthquake and temporarily moved to Edgeware; merged with Our Lady of Fatima School in January 2016 to form St Francis of Assisi Catholic School.
- Sydenham School, once the largest school in New Zealand, stood on the corner of Colombo and Brougham Streets. Closed December 2000.
- St Joseph's School, Lyttelton, closed January 2009.
- Xavier College, opened 1945, amalgamated with Sacred Heart College in 1987 to form Catholic Cathedral College.
- Windsor School, state contributing primary at Burwood, merged with Burwood School in January 2014 to form Waitakiri Primary School.
2013 state school network review
During 2013, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced a multitude of proposed changes to the state school network in Christchurch. In addition, Parata announced changes to some schools in the Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts.
In January 2014, six schools closed, four schools merged into two, and three schools added years in the first phase of changes. A third merger between Lyttelton Main School and Lyttelton West School took effective on 5 May 2014. The minister also confirmed and gazetted that Phillipstown School and Woolston School would merge on the Woolston site in January 2014. However, in June 2013, Phillipstown School asked the High Court for a judicial review, claiming Parata had acted illegally and made errors in her decision to close and merge the school. The review was accepted by the court, and the hearing began on 30 September 2013. On 10 October 2013, the High Court ruled in favour of Phillipstown School and overruled the Minister's decision. However, the merger went ahead, and on 2 February 2015, Te Waka Unua opened as the merged school on the site of the former Woolston School.
- Marian College is currently based in the spare capacity at Catholic Cathedral College, after damage and liquefaction from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake deemed the existing site in Shirley unusable until at least 2014.
- Years 1 to 8 are currently based at Halswell Residential College. Years 9 to 13 are currently based at the University of Canterbury's Dovedale campus. Both of these sites are temporary until a new permanent site in the central city is found.
- Teen Parent Unit rolls are returned with their host school. In the case of Kimihia Parent's College, the host school is Linwood College.
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