Enrolment Details

Enrolment Policy - St. Teresa’s School, Riccarton

The Board of Trustees of St. Teresa’s School, Riccarton will ensure enrolment comply with the requirement specified in the Integration Agreement Act of 1975. The Special Catholic Character of our school will be upheld in all decisions. All preference students will be given priority over all and any nonp preference students seeking enrolment at our school. St. Teresa’s School is one of three primary schools in the Christchurch West Parish.

Submitting an application for enrolment is not a guarantee of acceptance.

All students need to obtain a Preference Certificate from the Parish Priest of the Christchurch West Parish, subject to parents and caregivers accepting and agreeing to the conditions stated on the Preference Certificate. Acceptance for enrolment is conditional on the issuing of the Preference Certificate.


Priorities Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

Priority 1

First priority will be given to Catholic children who live in the Christchurch West Parish boundary.

Priority 2

Second priority will be given to siblings of current preference students.

Priority 3

Third priority will be given to preference children who live beyond the Christchurch West Parish boundary where there is no Catholic School and who are members of the Christchurch West Parish.

Priority 4

Fourth priority will be given to preference students of past pupils.

Priority 5

Fifth priority will be given to Non-Preference Students

Non-preference students will be enrolled only if enrolment places remain after all preference applicants have been enrolled.

The maximum number of places available for non-preference students is governed by the maximum allowable under St. Teresa’s Integration Agreement.

Priority of non-preference will be given in the following order

  1. The siblings of non-preference students already in the school.

  2. The children of staff or Board members who seek to enrol their children.

  3. Siblings of former non-preference students.

  4. Non-preference students coming from another integrated school with the same special character.

  5. Children who live within one kilometre of the school and who want to participate in the special character programme of the school.

All unsuccessful applicants may choose to have their names placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be kept within relevant priority categories, ranked in order. Students on the waiting list may be offered places at a later date if they become available. Applicants on the waiting list will have the first offer of non preference places as they become available.

Where there are more applicants available within the same priority category, they will be accepted in order of the date the pre-enrolments form was received. If pre-enrolment dates are the same, allocation will be via ballot.


1. State integrated schools select preference students on the following grounds.

a. The agent for determining preference is our Parish Priest

b. The grounds for preference are in accordance with the Education Act 1989, Part 33, S442, and Catholic School Integration Agreements, through a general or particular religious connection as stated in the Preference Criteria Numbers: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5.

Criteria for Preference of Enrolment in Integrated Catholic Schools

5.1 The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.

5.2 The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.

5.3 At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.

5.4 With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a significant familial adult such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle who is actively involved in the child’s upbringing undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.

5.5 One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.

2. State integrated schools have places for non-preference students.

a. This school has a maximum of 175 places.

b. The school roll is now at 100% of its maximum and no non-preference places are likely until


c. Non-Preference places criteria:

i. The applicants accept that they will be attending a school of special character and that their place in the school is conditional on their participation in the programme.

ii. The applicants accept that they will be required to pay Attendance Dues as set by the Proprietor and these are not voluntary.

Enrolment information is also available for this school in hard copy from the office.

Click here to fill out an enrolment form as an expression of interest. Please note this does not confirm a place for your child, you will need to ring the office and make an appointment to meet with the principal.