Your child at school
- Find your nearest school
- Enrolling and starting at secondary school
- Choosing subject areas
- Making sure your child attends school
- Things to know about your child's teacher
- When your child is wagging school
- Boarding Allowances
- Leaving school before the age of 16
- Moving on from secondary school
- Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions, expulsions
- School transport assistance
- Physical restraint
- Emergency Guide
You can search for a school using the Ministry's find a school tool. Learn about enrolling and starting at secondary school. Further information about enrolment schemes (zoning).
When should I enrol my child in secondary school?
How do I enrol my child?
What do they need when they start?
When should I enrol my child in secondary school?Students move on to secondary school when they have finished Year 8, usually when they are 13 (although some will be younger or…
Years 9 and 10
Year 11 and beyond
Who can help
Years 9 and 10All year 9 and 10 students in English medium schools are required to study core subjects such as English, mathematics, science as well as health and physical education.
Every single day counts towards your child’s learning at secondary school and gives your child the best chance to gain qualifications and do well in life.
How are teachers regulated?
What are the quality control systems for teachers, and who manages them?
Do I have a say in who teaches my child?
Where can I check to see that my child’s teacher is safe to teach and properly trained?
Who employs teachers?
What should I do if I have a concern…
Truancy - wagging or skipping school is a serious issue. Your child is less likely to succeed at school and more likely to leave without the education and qualifications they need to do well in life.
By law children in New Zealand aged 6 to 16 years old must be enrolled in school. There are some situations where your 15 year old can get permission to leave school early. This could be to go on to other training or a job. To discuss this option contact the local Ministry of Education office.
There's a lot to think about when leaving school - going to university or polytechnic, getting started in a job, or doing an apprenticeship are just some of the options. Here are some websites and resources that can help with the decision making.
If your child is stood down or suspended from a state school, state-integrated school, or kura find out what to do next and where to go to get advice and support.
The Ministry provides school transport assistance to help parents overcome barriers to education and meet their responsibility to get their children to school. The Ministry may provide assistance where distance and/or accessibility is a barrier for students attending the closest school they can enrol at. Find out if your child is eligible for school transport assistance.
Schools and kura should be places where the uniqueness and diversity of all ākonga is nurtured and valued. Physical restraint should only be used as a last resort. It is the school’s responsibility to work with you to understand and agree the best way to respond to your child or young person’s distress to minimise situations where physical restraint might be used.