Lincoln Learning Community Cluster

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This learning community cluster includes four state primary schools, one secondary school and seven early childhood education providers.

As part of renewal planning, the Minister of Education announced a final decision to close Greenpark School in May 2013.

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

Special temporary enrolment schemes have been established in some areas so parents have certainty about where they can enrol their children if their school has a final decision to close or merge.

Read more about the special temporary enrolment schemes being put at place at Lincoln Primary, Springston School and Tai Tapu School or visit for more information on your local schooling options.

Please note the Lincoln Learning Community Cluster, Prebbleton Learning Community Cluster and Tai Tapu Learning Community Cluster have recently combined at their request, and are currently called the Lincoln/Tai Tapu/Prebbleton Learning Community Cluster. The Shaping Education website will be updated shortly to reflect this change.

Supporting information for final decisions

View supporting information for interim decisions for all schools in this learning community cluster on the interim decisions page.

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


  1. Greenpark School
  2. Ladbrooks School
  3. Lincoln Primary School
  4. Springston School
  5. Lincoln High School

Early childhood education (ECE)

There are 321 licence spaces across the early childhood education (ECE) providers in this cluster, including 74 spaces for children under two years of age. At July 2011, 244 children were enrolled at early childhood services in this cluster, 51 were under two. Of the 99 new entrant students who enrolled at a school in the Lincoln Cluster in the year to March 2012, 99 (100%) had attended an ECE service. Of the five Māori new entrant students, all (100%) had attended an ECE service, and the one Pasifika new entrant (100%) had attended an ECE service.


  1. Kidsfirst Kindergarten Lincoln
  2. Lincoln Playcentre
  3. Jigsaw Preschool Ltd – N/A
  4. Lincoln Childcare & Preschool
  5. Lincoln University Childcare
  6. Melodies Preschool
  7. Whippersnappers Early Learning Centre

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 Lincoln 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 at Find a school.

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

Lincoln cluster ERO review cycle

Greenpark School (Christchurch) 3 years
Ladbrooks School 3 years
Lincoln Primary School In progress
Springston School 3 years
Lincoln High School Under Review

School roll changes

Image showing total Lincoln 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 701 students. While individual rolls have fluctuated, the combined primary roll in this cluster has declined by 13 to 688 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 Lincoln cluster – Individual schools roll: 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Lincoln 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 Lincoln cluster.

Lincoln 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

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. 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.


Technology provision in this cluster is located at Lincoln Primary School.

Land – State schools only

School sites sit outside the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) land classification process andwill not be given any Technical Category foundation rankings. 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 45 teaching spaces included in the 4,815 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 58 actual buildings. All of these buildings suffered damage during the earthquakes.  Repairs have yet to been made to some of the building stock. Condition assessments confirm over time earthquake strengthening will be required across 12 of these buildings within the cluster. There are no weather tightness issues.

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
Greenpark School 7 7 3 0 0
Ladbrooks 6 6 1 0 0
Lincoln Primary 32 32 4 0 0
Springston 13 13 4 0 0
Cluster 58 58 12 0 0

Based on March 2012 rolls – a minimum of 29 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
Greenpark School 27 3 38 2
Ladbrooks 94 4 95 4
Lincoln Primary 424 30 363 15
Springston 156 8 192 8
Cluster 701 45 688 29

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. Three are not considered cost effective to repair. This includes six 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 Lincoln 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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