It is at this time of the year where we must think about the Out of Zone Enrolment Scheme for next year. Attached are the dates for the Collective Enrolment Scheme for 2021
We are required to advertise for term 1 next year and the ballot process must be completed by the 15th October. That’s the reason why we have to do it now. The advert will be put into the Press on Wednesday 9 September and closes on 12th October.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATES – WE CLOSE THE BALLOT NOT ON 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, (As previously advertised) BUT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS ON 12TH OCTOBER. BALLOT DAY IS 14TH OCTOBER 2020.
It is now time for schools to let me know whether you want to join the scheme for 2021. As for this year, the approximate cost for the group advertising is around $70.00 for each school. This means we advertise for you in the Chch Press, four times during the year. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 4th September.
Last year, CPPA members decided that rather than asking schools to ‘crystal-ball’ gaze as to how many vacancies each school may have next year, (as we are required to do) that we use a generic number of 10 for all schools. Bear in mind that just before each of the closing dates, schools can decide on how many spaces you have for children Outside of the Zone and where these vacancies are in the school. We are going ahead again with this number of 10 but please alert your Boards to the fact that all schools are able to adjust the number of vacancies you have for children living Outside of the Zone, before each ballot day.
QUESTION: Schools often have a policy – unwritten or written that brothers and sisters of children have a right to enrol at your school – even though families may have moved out of zone. They may be the only children that you can accept during the year (Priority 2’s). Do you have to advertise?
ANSWER: Yes. If the children live outside the zone, then your school ‘technically’ has vacancies but as they are priority 2, a school can decide on each ballot day that Priority 2’s are the only people you can accept.
QUESTION: Is it a good idea to have collective dates – what are the advantages?ANSWER: Yes it is and is promoted in the “Guidelines for the development and operation of enrolment schemes for State Schools” – 2017 issued by the Secretary for Education. If you accept someone from out of your school zone, then he/she will be living in another colleague’s zone and it is important that the process is fair and transparent and every school is on a level playing field.
QUESTION: Why advertise four times a year and have four ballot dates?
ANSWER: It gives schools flexibility as it means you can fill any vacancy that might have occurred during the year, AND schools that advertise only once, must have a waiting list (like High Schools) but because we advertise term by term, you can just invite an unsuccessful applicant to put their names forward to be considered next term.