Hornby Learning Community Cluster

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This learning community cluster includes six state primary schools, one state intermediate, two special schools, one state secondary school, one state integrated school and 17 early childhood education providers.

As part of renewal planning, the Minister of Education has announced final decisions <link to final decisions page> for Gilberthorpe School and Yaldhurst Model School to remain open as separate entities.

The Minister has also announced a final decision to close Branston Intermediate School.

Gilberthorpe School and Yaldhurst Model School accepted their interim decisions and received their final decision from the Minister in March 2013.

Branston Intermediate School received their final decision in May 2013.

The Ministry will work closely with Branston Intermediate to provide extensive support throughout the implementation of this proposal.

If your school has a final decision to close or merge you can visit nzschools.tki.org.nz  for more information on your local schooling options.

Supporting information for interim decisions

To view supporting information for interim decisions for all schools in this learning community cluster, visit the interim decisions page.

Documents are available in PDF format only. Accessible versions can be supplied on request from info@minedu.govt.nz

The map below shows the current makeup of the learning community cluster.


  1. Gilberthorpe Primary
  2. Hornby Primary School
  3. Sockburn School
  4. South Hornby School
  5. Templeton School
  6. Yaldhurst Model School
  7. Branston Intermediate
  8. McKenzie Residential School
  9. Waitaha Learning Centre
  10. Hornby High School
  11. St Bernadette’s School

Early childhood education (ECE)

There are 734 licence spaces across the early childhood education (ECE) providers in this cluster, including 131 spaces for children under two years of age. At July 2011, 732 children were enrolled at early childhood services in this cluster, 62 were under two. Of the 179 new entrant students who enrolled at a school in the Hornby Cluster in the year to March 2012, 173 (97%) had attended an ECE service. Of the 45 Māori new entrant students, 40 (89%) had attended an ECE service, and 22 (100%) of the 22 Pasifika new entrants had attended an ECE service.


  1. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Broomfield
  2. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Hei Hei
  3. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Hornby
  4. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Templeton
  5. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Wigram
  6. ABC Wigram Rua
  7. ABC Wigram Tahi
  8. ABC Hei Hei
  9. ABC Wigram 2
  10. An Nur Childcare Centre
  11. Brynley Street Nursery & Preschool
  12. Edukids Delamain
  13. Riccarton Park Montessori Preschool
  14. South Hornby Kindergarten
  15. Templeton Nursery and Preschool
  16. The Nurtury
  17. Te Horomako o Te Huruhuru

ECE services are independently owned and managed.

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 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 Hornby cluster includes one state integrated school.

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 at Find a school.

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

Hornby cluster ERO review cycle

Gilberthorpe School 3 years
Hornby Primary School 4-5 years
Sockburn School 3 years
South Hornby School 1-2 years
Templeton School 3 years
Yaldhurst Model School 3 years
Branston Intermediate 3 years
McKenzie Residential School 3 years
Waitaha Learning Centre 3 years
Hornby High School 3 years
St Bernadette’s School (Hornby) 3 years

School roll changes

Image showing total Hornby cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Total cluster March roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In March 2010, prior to the earthquakes, the primary schools in this cluster provided teaching and learning to 1449 students. While individual rolls have fluctuated, the combined primary roll in this cluster has declined by 81 to 1368 at March 2012.

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

Note: only roll data for primary schools in this cluster is displayed.

Image showing Hornby cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Hornby 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

Image showing ethnic composition of Hornby cluster.

Hornby cluster: ethnic composition.

Education achievement

National Standards aim to lift achievement in literacy and numeracy (reading, writing, and mathematics) by being clear about what students should achieve and by when. Boards are required to report on learner’s achievement for 2011 in their 2012 Annual Report.

You will be able to access National Standards data for your school from the Find a school section of the Education Counts website as soon as this information is available.

Special Education

Waitaha School (day Special School) and McKenzie Residential School (residential Special School) are situated within this cluster. Students attend each of these schools from outside of the cluster area also. Special Education delivers specialist services and support to learners with special education needs across this cluster. This includes support to early childhood education, 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. Māori bilingual units in this cluster are delivered at Hornby Primary School and Branston Intermediate School. There is no Pasifika language programme 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 provided to 38 primary and 10 secondary learners across the schools in this cluster.


Technology provision in this cluster is located at Branston Intermediate.

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 TC1. Geotechnical assessments on the state school sites in this cluster indicate land issues will not 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 83 teaching spaces included in the 9,553 square metres (net area, which is internal useable space) of teaching and learning and administration space across this cluster of schooling provision. The teaching, learning and administrative space is incorporated into 80 actual buildings. All of these buildings  suffered damage during the earthquakes.  Repairs have yet to be made to the building stock. Condition assessments confirm over time earthquake strengthening will be required across 27 of these buildings within the cluster. There are weather tightness issues in a further 15 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
Branston Intermediate 11 11 5 1 1
Gilberthorpe 7 7 3 0 0
Hornby Primary 10 10 3 1 1
Sockburn 15 15 4 1 0
South Hornby 12 12 4 4 1
Templeton 14 14 3 3 0
Yaldhurst Model School 11 11 5 5 2
Cluster 80 80 27 15 5

Based on March 2012 rolls a minimum of 54 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 roll Estimated classrooms required at March 2012
Branston Intermediate 192 18 169 10
Gilberthorpe 86 7 97 4
Hornby Primary 145 10 130 6
Sockburn 160 12 118 5
South Hornby 291 14 282 11
Templeton 327 16 325 13
Yaldhurst Model School 109 6 115 5
Cluster 1,310 83 1,236 54

The way forward

Extensive condition assessments and engineering investigations have confirmed all buildings in this cluster currently 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. Sixteen are not considered cost effective to repair. This includes 49 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 Hornby 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

The Ministry of Education will formally consult with these clusters and their communities on the possible shape of future education provision. This will include providing detailed information on the issues and options affecting each individual cluster for community consideration. 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. Boards will formally consult with their communities where closures or mergers are indicated.

Check out the engagement schedule for further details.

Secondary schools

Secondary, state integrated and independent schools located within these clusters will be involved in discussions around the future shape of provision within their education communities.

The Ministry has worked collaboratively with secondary schools on ideas for future secondary school education provision in greater Christchurch.  In October 2013, the Minister of Education announced decisions for the secondary school network.

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