Applying to Enrol as an Out of Zone Student

​​​​​​​Online applications for the 2025 academic year will open on Friday, 26 July. The deadline for Out of Zone applications is Friday, 6 September at midnight.

Our Board of Trustees has invoked a ballot for the 2025 academic year.  The timeline for this process is on this page. If you fall into a Priority Category (read below), you will be asked to provide evidence of this. 

Out of Zone Ballot Timeline

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Friday, 26 July

Online applications open, the deadline for applications to be in is Friday, 6 September. Please note that our entire application process is online. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Prospectuses (which include instructions for applying online) are given out to:

  • Taradale Intermediate
  • Meeanee School
  • Puketapu School
  • Tamatea Intermediate
  • St Patrick’s School
  • Parkside Christian School
  • Napier Intermediate

If you attend a different school than those above, you can come into, or call our school office and ask for a Prospectus and application information.​​​​​​​

Thursday, 15 August

Taradale High School's Open Evening from 6.30pm in the School Hall (to be confirmed).

Friday, 6 September

Online applications close.

Friday, 13 September

Letters will be emailed (to the email address provided in your application) to students who have been successful in the ballot, and to students who have been unsuccessful in the ballot (with the number they are on the waiting list).

If you have not received an email by this date, please contact THS on Monday 16 September by email, on [email protected], and you will be advised if your son/daughter has been successful or unsuccessful in the ballot. 

Letters will be posted to students who do not have an email address.

Friday, 20 September

Acceptance of place must be received, Taradale High School will tell you in your offer of place how to do this. 

If an acceptance of place is not received by this date, it will be determined as non-acceptance and the place will be offered to another student.

Online Application Form

​​​​​​​Please click the button below to be taken to our Online Application for Enrolment form.

Applications will close on Friday, 6 September. No exceptions.  Applications submitted BEFORE the opening date of 26 July, will not receive an acknowledgement until applications are open. Please note that this is not a first come, first served process. Trying to apply before the opening date will not benefit your application.

Priority Categories for Out of Zone

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For the purpose of avoiding overcrowding at the school, an optimum number of pupils has been established.

Each year the Board of Trustees will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone.​​​​​​​

The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify the date applications close.

Applications for enrolment must, by law, be processed in the following order of priority:

First Priority

Will be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school (note that this does not apply to Taradale High School).

Second Priority 

Will be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school.  

Third Priority

Will 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.

Fifth Priority

Will be given to any applicant who is a child of an employee of the Board of the school.

Sixth Priority

Will be given to all other applicants.​​​​​​​

If there are more applicants in the first, second, third, fourth or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary, under Section 11 G(1) of the Education Act 1989.  Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.​​​​​​​

Applicants seeking second or third priority status will be required to give proof of a sibling relationship, or in the case of fourth priority, proof that a parent attended THS.