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
- Using physical restraint in schools
You can search for a school using the Ministry's find a school tool
Students move on to secondary school when they have finished Year 8, usually when they are 13 (although some will be younger or older).
All 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. In addition, most secondary schools offer a range of different options for your child to choose from, including technology, arts, social sciences...
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.
A teacher must have a current practising certificate. This shows they are suitably trained and meet the appropriate standards to be a teacher.
If your child lives in a remote area or faces other barriers to achieving at school you can apply for funding so that they can board away from home and focus on their studies.
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.
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 may be a barrier for students attending the closest school they can enrol at. Find out if your child is eligible for school transport assistance.