Cohort entry

Cohort entry is when new entrants start school in groups through the year rather than on their fifth birthday.

In schools which have adopted a policy of cohort entry new entrants are able to start school in cohorts but only after they have turned five. There are two entry points per term, one on the first day of term, and one at a mid-point during a term.

2020 mid-term dates for schools with cohort entry 

TERM

START OF TERM DATE

MID TERM DATE*

END OF TERM

1

07/02/2020**

09/03/2020

27/03/2020

2

15/04/2020

02/06/2020 (Tuesday)

03/07/2020

3

20/07/2020

24/08/2020

25/09/2020

4

12/10/2020

16/11/2020

18/12/2020 

2021 mid-term dates for schools with cohort entry 

TERM

START OF TERM DATE

MID TERM DATE*

END OF TERM

1

9/02/2021**

15/03/2021

16/04/2021

2

3/05/2021

8/06/2021 (Tuesday)

9/07/2021

3

26/07/2021

30/08/2021

1/10/2021

4

18/10/2021

15/11/2021

20/12/2021

2022 mid-term dates for schools with cohort entry 

TERM

START OF TERM DATE

MID TERM DATE*

END OF TERM

1

8/02/2022**

14/03/2022

14/04/2022

2

2/05/2022

7/06/2022 (Tuesday)

8/07/2022

3

25/07/2022

29/08/2022

30/09/2022

4

17/10/2022

21/11/2022

20/12/2022

* The mid-point of each term will be the Monday nearest to half way between the first and the last day of the term. If the Monday falls on a public holiday the next working day will be used as the mid-term date.

**The date used for the first term is the latest possible term start date. Even if your school uses an earlier start date than the day after Waitangi Day, or finishes before the latest possible end date for Term 4, the mid-term dates will apply for the purposes of a cohort entry policy.

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