Waimakariri Secondary Learning Community Cluster

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This learning community cluster includes two state secondary schools and one state composite school.

  1. Oxford Area School
  2. Rangiora High School
  3. Kaiapoi High School 

School governance

There are three types of schools: state, private (or registered or independent) and state integrated schools. State integrated schools are former private schools which, while now “integrated” into the state system, also provide programmes around their particular religious or learning philosophy.

State and state integrated schools, while government funded, are managed by boards of trustees. Private schools receive only partial funding from the Government. Day to day management of all schools is the responsibility of the principal.

The Crown is responsible for property provision for state and special character schools to ensure students have access to their closest school. The proprietors of state integrated and private schools are responsible for their own buildings. The Secondary Schooling cluster does not include any state integrated schools. School boards are required to develop individual charters and annual plans and report their performance against these.  You will be able to access the school charter from your school or on Find a school.

Education Review Office (ERO) reports on school and early childhood performance are publicly available.

Waimakariri secondary cluster ERO review cycle

Oxford Area School 3 years
Rangiora High School 3 years
Kaiapoi High School 3 years

School roll changes

Waimakariri Secondary total cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Total cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012

In March 2010, prior to the earthquakes, the secondary schools in this cluster provided teaching and learning to 2853 students. While individual rolls have fluctuated, the combined secondary roll in this cluster has increased by 92 to 2945 at March 2012.

Individual school March rolls, 2008, 2010, and 2012:

Waimakariri Secondary cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012

Waimakariri Secondary cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012


The following chart shows the ethnic composition of the combined cluster school rolls by percentage of total combined roll

Waimakariri Secondary cluster: ethnic composition.

Waimakariri Secondary cluster: ethnic composition.


Education achievement

National Certificate in Education Achievement (NCEA) is the main secondary school qualification for students in years 11-13. NCEA can be gained at three levels – usually level 1 in Year 11, level 2 in Year 12, and level 3 in Year 13. Any student who demonstrates the required skills and knowledge to the level of a particular standard, achieves NCEA credits. Each student receives a School Results Summary that presents all standards taken throughout their school years, and the results for each. Since NCEA was introduced, more students are leaving school with qualifications. The National priority is that 85% of all school learners will have achieved NCEA Level 2 by the time they leave school.

This table shows the numbers of school leavers in the Waimakariri Secondary Learning Community Cluster who gained NCEA level 2 before leaving school.

Cluster: Waimakariri Secondary
Total School Leavers Maori Pasifika
Year Number Below L2 NCEA L2 and above number Total no. of leavers Number Below L2 NCEA L2 and above number Total no. of leavers Number Below L2 NCEA L2 and above number Total no. of leavers
2009 164 335 499 26 20 46 5 3 8
2010 137 409 546 27 24 51 1 0 1
Note: 2011/12 data is live and cannot be released.


Special Education

Special Education delivers specialist services and support to learners with special education needs across this cluster. This includes support to schools, teachers, parents, families and whānau.

Māori and Pasifika provision

Māori-medium education programmes involve students being taught either all or some curriculum subjects in the Māori language, either in immersion (Māori language only) or bilingual (Māori and English) programmes. There are no Māori or Pasifika bilingual units, or language programmes delivered by schools in this cluster. 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision

ESOL provision for refugee and new migrant learners from non-English speaking backgrounds is not provided in this cluster. 

Land – State schools only

School sites sit outside the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) land classification process and will not be given any Technical Category foundation rankings, though the land in the surrounding residential area of this cluster has been classified TC2 and rural. Geotechnical assessments on the state school sites in this cluster indicate land issues are unlikely to compromise continued education provision.

Further Ministry commissioned assessments may be required at a later date, should any of these sites be further developed.

Buildings – State schools only

There are 148 teaching spaces included in the 19,940 square metres (of useable space) of teaching and learning and administration areas across this cluster of state schooling provision. The teaching, learning and administrative space is incorporated into 71 actual buildings. A large majority of these buildings have suffered damage during the earthquakes.  Repairs have been made to some of the building stock. Condition assessments confirm earthquake strengthening will be required, over time, across 31 buildings within the cluster. There are weather tightness issues in at least a further six buildings.

Building condition information – State schools only

Number of buildings Number of buildings with EQ damage

Number of buildings with strengthening required

Number of buildings with weather tightness repairs required

Number of buildings with both strengthening and weather tightness repairs

Kaiapoi High






Oxford Area School






Rangiora High












Based on March 2012 rolls – a minimum of 116 teaching spaces will be required for ongoing teaching and learning in this cluster, as below.

School rolls and classroom numbers – State schools only

March 2010 Roll

Classroom (no.) current (July 2012)

March 2012


Estimated classrooms required at March 2012

Kaiapoi High





Oxford Area School





Rangiora High











The way forward

Extensive condition assessments and engineering investigations have confirmed all buildings in this cluster remain fit to occupy – unless already isolated. A number of the buildings across this cluster will, however, require remediation and strengthening over the longer-term.  Five are not considered cost effective to repair. This includes 33 teaching spaces.

Future planning

The earthquakes provide an opportunity, as outlined in the Education Renewal Recovery Programme [PDF; 881kb], to consider options for revitalising the greater Christchurch education network that go beyond simply replacing what was there. Discussions with schools, communities and providers within this cluster will be key to informing decisions around the future shape of education for the Waimakariri secondary education community. Ways to enhance infrastructure and address existing property issues, improve education outcomes, and consider future governance will form part of these discussions.

Community engagement

There will be conversations with boards of trustees to establish how schools in this cluster can not only restore services but also deliver improved outcomes for their education communities. In line with the support signalled in the Education Renewal Recovery Programme [PDF; 881kb] for improved collaboration, this will provide an opportunity to gain further suggestions around shared provision across schools and services within specific areas of interest and the wider community, as appropriate.

Check out the engagement schedule for further details.

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