Catholic Schools in New Zealand have a maximum roll which is a number established by the Proprietor and agreed to by Government as to the number of students a school can legally enrol. This number can be changed by application.
Of this maximum roll, a Catholic school can legally enrol up to 5% non-preference or non-Catholic students, provided that all preference applicants are accepted prior to any non-preference enrolments being accepted. This is agreed to in the Education Act, 1989. Some schools have legally applied to increase their non-preference roll to 10% of their maximum roll. A school, however, does not need to enrol any non-preference students if space does not allow.
The Principal handles enrolment in a Catholic School. If a child is to be a preference student, he or she must obtain a signed preference certificate. Preference certificates can be obtained from the school or downloaded from this website. A signed preference certificate does not guarantee enrolment at a particular school. This may depend on enrolment zones and capacity.
A comprehensive information sheet for parents and caregivers seeking preference of enrolment at Catholic Schools in the Auckland Diocese.
This form needs to be completed by one of the following agents of the Bishop
- Parish Priest of the Parish of Residence of the family
- Assistant Priest of their Parish of Residence
- Priests appointed under canon 517/1
- Deacons and lay persons appointed to pastoral care under canon 517/2
- Ethnic chaplains who liaise with parish priests or their delegate
- Local committees appointed by the Bishop or by any of the above agents of the Bishop
Parents/Caregivers, or Principals making an appeal on behalf of parents/caregivers for preference status which has been declined by the Bishop’s agent for the granting of preference are asked to complete the appeal form.