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Admission TO MEDBURY SCHOOL

Boys are accepted at Medbury School at any level between Year One and Year Eight at the discretion of the Headmaster. It is the belief of the Trust Board that the aims of Medbury School as set out in the Mission Statement and prospectus, are best served by a balanced school whose boarders and dayboys represent a wide range of abilities. The Trustees recognise that Medbury School’s resources have limits and although we endeavour to take pupils from a wide range of abilities, our ability to do so will or may be limited by the School’s resources available to provide for the needs of each pupil.

Visiting Medbury School and Test Drive Days

Choosing a school for your son is an important decision.  Prospective families are welcome to visit the school at any time throughout the year and see daily life at Medbury.  We also offer your son the opportunity to visit the school for a day to meet the teaching staff and experience a typical Medbury School day.  For more information or to make an appointment for a visit, please contact Tanya Moore, Headmaster's PA on 03 351 6169 or email by clicking here.

Medbury School Enrolment Policy

It is the belief of the Trust Board that the aims of Medbury School, as set out in the Vision and Mission Statement, as well as the Prospectus, are best served by a balanced school whose boarders and dayboys represent a wide range of abilities. It is recognised that Medbury School’s resources have limits and whilst Medbury School endeavours to admit pupils with a wide range of abilities, admission may, from time to time, be limited by the Medbury’s ability to provide for the needs of all boys.

PURPOSE:

To provide a clear and consistent guide to enrolment at Medbury School in order to ensure the best use of the School’s facilities, resources and personnel while ensuring that the Mission and Vision of Medbury School are met.

PROCEDURES:

  • The Enrolment Policy of Medbury School endeavours to comply with section 57 of the Human Rights Act 1993.
  • The policy of the Trust Board is that the facilities of Medbury School should be utilised as fully as possible. This policy is best achieved by accommodating the number of boys who utilise the resources without putting undue pressure on those resources so as to adversely affect the quality of the education expected for a Medbury boy.
  • Mindful of (a) parental expectations, (b) the benefits of attention to a boy’s personalised learning needs, and (c) the desirability of controlled class sizes, the Trust Board directs the Headmaster to maintain class sizes in each year group as follows:

Year 1

16 - 18 boys

Year 2

18 - 19 boys

Years 3, 4 and 5

No more than 23 boys

Years 6, 7 and 8

No more than 25 boys

Provided that in exceptional circumstances these limits may be exceeded with the approval of the Trust Board. 

  • The Trust Board also directs that other than in exceptional circumstances and only with the approval of the Trust Board, there will be no more than two classes at each level from Year 1 to Year 6 and no more than three Year 7 and three Year 8 classes. Where there are two classes in Year 1, the intention is to run one Year 1 class for those boys who commence in Term 1, and a second for those who commence in Terms 2, 3 or 4.
  • The Trust Board recognises that numbers in Year 1 classes vary greatly depending on when birthdates fall.  Within Year 1, boys may move classroom during the year depending on the cohort size and enrolment numbers.
  • Transition from Year 1 to Year 2 is an academic matter for the Headmaster ultimately to determine in the educational best interests of each boy, but in light of:

(a) the resources of Medbury School; and

(b) the following guideline issued by the Trust Board in relation to a boy starting his schooling for the first time:

  • A boy who commences at Medbury for or at any time during Term 1, will complete Year 1 and normally advance to Year 2 in the next academic year
  • A boy who commences at Medbury for or at any time during Terms 2, 3 or 4, will normally enter a transition class (which may be designated Year 1 or similar) for the balance of the academic year in which he first enrolled, and will complete a full Year 1 in the following academic year, and then advance to Year 2 for the following academic year.
  • A boy with a birthday in April or May in any year who commences at Medbury in Term 2 will be considered at the end of Term 4, in light of his significant intellectual, social and emotional progress, for advancement to Year 2.  The ultimate decision as to advancement rests with the Headmaster, but the views of the boy’s parents and the advice of the Head of the Junior School must be taken into account.
  • A boy with a birthday in June in any year who commences at Medbury in Term 2 will be considered at the end of Term 4, in light of his exceptional intellectual, social and emotional progress, for advancement to Year 2.  Such advancement will only be permitted in very rare cases. The ultimate decision as to advancement rests with the Headmaster, but the views of the boy’s parents and the advice of the Head of the Junior School must be taken into account. 

PROCESS:

The Headmaster shall determine who is offered a place at Medbury School. The following considerations will guide the process:

  • Availability of a place.
  • Previous academic achievements and potential academic promise of the boy.
  • Cultural and sporting abilities of the boy.
  • Personal qualities of the boy.
  • Personal or family connections that the boy’s family may have with Medbury School including, but not limited to, whether the boy is the son or brother of an Old Boy or has a brother at Medbury School. Brothers and sons of Old Boys shall have priority provided that an Application Form has been duly completed and lodged with the School and enrolment confirmed no later than 31 April of the year preceding the nominated year of entry.
  • Whether the boy wishes to board.
  • Honouring the School’s Mission.

BOARDING:

The Trust Board regards boarding as an important aspect of Medbury School life.

The maximum number of full time boarders permitted in the Boarding House at any time shall be 41. Boys may also casually board at Medbury School, however, the maximum number of boys in the Boarding House at any one time shall never exceed 43.

The Headmaster shall manage enrolment practices to ensure that these numbers are not exceeded.

ENROLMENT AND ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE:

1.   Parents request a prospectus from the School.
2.   Parents complete, sign (both parents are required to be signatories) and return an Application Form together with:

  • Recent passport style photograph of the boy,
  • $150 (non refundable) Application Fee,
  • Photocopy of the boy’s Birth Certificate (if born in New Zealand), and
  • Photocopy of the details page of the boy’s New Zealand Passport (if held), New Zealand   Certificate of Citizenship or Resident’s permit (if born outside New Zealand).

3.   Parents are contacted to arrange an interview with the Headmaster.
4.   Parents bring boy for an interview. A copy of the boy’s most recent school report shall be made available at the interview (if relevant).
5.   The Headmaster shall write a letter of offer, or advise in writing that the boy’s name has been placed on a waiting list.
6. Parents confirm the enrolment by completing and returning the Acceptance and Enrolment Form (duly signed and acceptable to the school) together with a $500 (non-refundable) Acceptance and Enrolment Fee.

These must be received within one month of the date of the Headmaster’s letter of offer.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

The enrolment of international students is also governed by the International Students Policy 1.2

See policy 1.2 for further information.

 

Policy as at August 2014

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