July 2017 Roll Report

July 2017 Roll Report APIS


The ninety thousand state integrated students represent 11.25% of the New Zealand school network, of which approximately two-fifths are Y1-6 Primary (37K) or Y9-13 Secondary students (37K) and the remainder Y7-8 Intermediate level (15K), who may be in primary, secondary or composite schools.

Overall, the number of state integrated students has held steady over the past ten years with an increase over that period of almost five thousand students (6%). However, the share of the whole school network has barely increased (.07%) because the school-age student population in New Zealand has increased by over forty-two thousand students (5.5%).

State integrated schools in New Zealand have become more ethnically diverse over the past decade. The number of non-European/Pākeha students has increased (Māori 21%, Pasifika 7%, Asian 73% and Other 12%).

The average state integrated school size in New Zealand is 272 students. Most integrated schools are Full Primary schools (Years 1 to 8) but they are our smallest schools with an average student roll of around 157. Most secondary schools are open to Years 7 to 15 and have an average student roll of about 636 students. Composite schools (Years 1 to 15) make-up 10% of the state integrated schools in New Zealand and 13% of the student population.

Unsurprisingly, most of our state integrated students are based in the Auckland region. Our next largest student populations by region are Wellington and Canterbury (both 14%).

There is some small difference between regions when looking at the percentage of a region’s school student population attending a state integrated school. The regions with the most state integrated student representation include Taranaki, Wellington, Otago and Southland; all with more than 14% of students attending a state integrated school (New Zealand-wide being 11.25%). There are many variables affecting this, including availability and capacity of schools in the region, the region’s demand for special character education, and in some cases the nearest school may be situated near but outside of the region and be drawing students away.

The affiliation breakdown shows the different types of special character schools with Roman Catholic schools make-up almost three-quarters of the network, followed by Christian schools at almost 15%.

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