Announcement : 

Term 3 dates, Monday 17th July 2023 – Friday 22nd September 2023

Out of Zone Enrolment

Each year the board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.


The Birkdale Primary School Board has advised there are limited out of zone placements available at Birkdale Primary School for Auraki 2024 enrolments.
Places are available in the following year groups.
Year 0 – 10 places
Year 1 – 3 places
Year 2 – 3 places
Year 3 – 5 places
Year 4 – 5 places
Year 5 – 5 places
Year 6 – 5 places
Applications for 2024 Auraki out of zone enrolments must be received by the school no later than 12.00pm on 11th October 2023. If a ballot is required (i.e. if the number of applications exceeds the number of vacancies available) this will take place on 18th October 2023. We will contact applicants, by email with the outcome of your application by 19th October 2023.
Please click on link below to fill out an application for this ballot.
Ngā mihi
Birkdale Primary School Board


Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

First Priority

The school runs a Māori immersion programme (Effective 26 July 2021). The criteria for enrolment in the programme are:

  • Students who are fluent speakers of Māori
  • Students who have attended a Māori bilingual or immersion primary school
  • Students who want to be in a Māori medium classroom AND have parental support to learn te reo.
  • Child who have attend Kōhanga Reo.
  • Siblings of former students in the special programme.
  • All other applicants including those without te reo, up to and including Year 3 and whose whānau have a commitment to developing the language.

NB: Students are not required to meet all the criteria but these will be used to decide the priority for places on the programme.

Second Priority    will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.

Third Priority       will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.

Fourth Priority     will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.

Fifth Priority         will be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.

Sixth Priority        will be given to all other applicants.

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group must be by ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

Ballot for Enrolment of Out of Zone Students

Enrolment at Birkdale Primary School  is governed by an enrolment scheme. From time to time, the Board may determine that there are a limited number of spaces available for out of zone students. This ballot would include out of zone siblings who must be balloted for entry.

 Enrolment procedure for Out of Zone Students

  • Parents complete a ballot form (available from the office) and hand it in at the school office by the application closing date.
  • On the ballot date, the ballot is drawn under the supervision of a Justice of the Peace, a practising lawyer, a sworn member of the Police or a local Government returning officer.
  • The names are pulled out of the ballot and a waiting list is created if there are more names in the ballot than spaces available.
  • Successful families are advised by letter and asked to confirm acceptance in writing of the place offered.
  • Unsuccessful families are advised by letter and placed on a waiting list in the number they are drawn from the ballot.
  • If successful families decline the space, the place is offered to the first/next family on the waiting list.

Enrolment Scheme Map