Enrolment at Westlake Boys High School:
an explanation from the Board of Trustees
- Westlake Boys High School is a successful school on Auckland’s North Shore. It is the only state boys’ school on the North Shore, and is both distinctive and popular. It is very well supported by its community, as it has been for the fifty years of its existence.
- It aims to serve the whole of its community, and is proud that it reflects accurately the increasingly multicultural area that it serves. The school’s community is to be found within its designated ‘school zone’, as well as beyond the boundaries of that small space. Westlake’s community includes staff, former students and friends of the school, and is to be found throughout the North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand and the world.
- Westlake Boys High School provides State secondary education from Form Three to Form Seven for boys only, recognising the preference for single-sex education by the School community.
- Westlake Boys High School is committed to offering as broad and balanced an education as possible, including a dual pathway in the senior school. It will offer a full range of courses to its students, and will endeavour to ensure that the needs of each young man is met through its curriculum.
- Westlake Boys High School provides boys with a rigorous academic education. Each student is expected to pursue excellence in acquiring the knowledge and skills and the sense of values which the school has always provided.
- The school expects the pursuit of all-round excellence in academic, sporting and cultural activities, encouraging each student to recognise and develop his individual potential to the full and to gain pride and satisfaction through setting demanding personal goals and striving to attain them.
- Two other facts are also relevant in determining the character of our Enrolment Scheme:
- The geographic location of Westlake Boys High School on Auckland’s North Shore, and its relatively small school zone, on the edge of an area of significant population growth.
- The fact that Westlake Boys High School is the only State boys’ school on the North Shore, the result being that the demand for entry to the school by parents seeking a quality single sex education for their sons is enormous.
Westlake Boys High School’s Enrolment Scheme
Confirmed by the Board of Trustees on 23rd November 2011.
The Secretary of the Ministry of Education (“the Secretary”) has given written notice that there is, or is likely to be, overcrowding at Westlake Boys High School (“the School”) unless an enrolment scheme applies in terms of Section 11 A to 11 PA of the Education Act 1989.
The home zone of the School is:
- as described in ‘A Boundary Description of the Zone of Westlake Boys High School'; and
- as shown in the map entitled ‘A Map of the Zone of Westlake Boys High School'.
Subject to the provisions of the Education Act 1989, any boy of secondary school age who applies for enrolment at the School and who lives in the home zone is entitled to enrol at the School.
The selection of applicants who live outside home zone:
Each year the Board of Trustees of the School shall give notice of:
- The likely number of out-of-zone places to be offered by the School; and
- The significant pre-enrolment dates and procedures; and
- The date or dates on which any ballot will be held, as referred to below.
Notice of the above will be published in the North Shore Times.
An applicant who lives outside the home zone is entitled to enrol at the School if he is offered a place at the School in accordance with the procedure set out below.
The order of priority in which applicants who live outside the home zone shall be offered places at Westlake Boys High School as follows:
- First priority shall be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the School (as defined in Section 11 B of the Education Act 1989). This priority group is not applicable to the School because the School does not run any special programmes as defined in Section 11 B of the Education Act 1989.
- Second priority shall be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student at the School.
- Third priority shall be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a former student of the School.
- Fourth priority will be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the School (an ‘Old Boy’ or a ‘Westlaker’).
- Fifth priority shall 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 shall be given to all other applicants.
If there are more applicants in the priority groups than there are places available, selection shall be by ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11 G of the Education Act 1989. In practice, this means that Westlake Boys High School is highly likely to run a ballot.
To every applicant whose application is refused or declined the Board of Trustees of the School shall give written notice of the reason why the application has been refused or declined.
An application for a place at Westlake Boys High School must be made on the school’s official online enrolment form. The online enrolment application will be available in July each year on the school website.
We strongly encourage all potential applicants to attend our Information Evening which will enable young men and their families to see firsthand what our school offers. Information about our enrolment procedures will also form part of the evening, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions of senior members of staff.
Applications, together with all the requisite documentation, should be brought to one of the school’s Enrolment Interview Days. Details will be checked as part of our enrolment process.
Successful applicants will be advised by email.
Unsuccessful applicants will also be advised by email. If your application is unsuccessful you may appeal the Board’s decision by asking the Ministry of Education to direct the Board to enrol the student. Application forms are available from the Ministry’s local office.