Enrolment Overview

Due to pressure on our roll (i.e. having more applicants for enrolment than we have places for) we have been asked by the Ministry of Education to implement an enrolment scheme. This page outlines the processes that will apply for future enrolments. More information, including a copy of the enrolment scheme, will be available on the website as soon as it has been approved by the Ministry of Education. If you have any questions, please contact the Principal’s PA (extn 6102).

Visiting the school

  • Prior to filling in an Application for Enrolment form, parents/caregivers may visit the school in order to determine whether it is a good fit for their child. Visits will be conducted by the Principal’s PA who will also, on request, arrange for parents/caregivers to meet with a Deputy Principal or Team Leader.
  • An open afternoon is normally held in August to allow students in Years 6 and above, and their parents/caregivers, to learn more about secondary education at the school. The date and time is advertised on the website in July.


Children who are NZ or Australian citizens, or who have a NZ residence visa or a NZ student visa which does not name a school, are eligible to apply for enrolment at Cornerstone Christian School. We are currently unable to enrol international fee-paying students. 

Ministry of Education requirements

Cornerstone Christian School is currently under a Ministry of Education imposed maximum roll cap of 580 students. A maximum of 5% of students may be ‘non-preference’ and the remainder must be ‘preference’. ‘Preference’ is a Ministry of Education term which indicates that a student falls within the special character criteria (which is the school’s reason for existing).

Preference of enrolment

Preference of enrolment is determined by the school’s proprietor, the Cornerstone Christian Education Trust. To qualify as a ‘preference’ enrolment at Cornerstone Christian School, a parent of the child must regularly attend an established Christian church and be a committed Christian, as attested to (in writing) by a senior church pastor/leader.

Cohort entry for new entrants

Cornerstone Christian School has adopted cohort entry for new entrants (five year-olds). Each year, we have eight intake dates which fall at the start and mid-point of each school term. New entrants who have been offered a place may start school on the intake following their fifth birthday, or later on request. 

Entry at other year levels

Places come up in Years 2-13 when students leave the school due to family relocation etc. In most instances, new students in Years 2-13 will start at the beginning of the school year.

Applying for enrolment

Parents/caregivers apply to enrol their child by filling in an Application for Enrolment form. A separate form is required for each child. The form and accompanying documents (as outlined on the form) should be emailed to: enrol@cornerstone.ac.nz or posted to: The Enrolment Registrar, Cornerstone Christian School, 119 Mihaere Drive, Palmerston North 4414. Parents/caregivers will be asked to confirm or, if necessary, update their child’s details before the end of the pre-enrolment period (see below).

Enrolment agreement

The enrolment agreement on the Application for Enrolment form needs to be signed by a parent/caregiver who understands that the school’s Christian special character will form an integral part of the curriculum and agrees to pay the attendance dues (a compulsory fee charged by the proprietor of a state-integrated school which helps to cover the cost of land and buildings since these are not funded by the state). Learn more

Pre-enrolment processes

In July each year, we will advertise the likely number of places that will be available for new students at each year level for the following year, and a cut-off date (in August) by which applications must be received. Parents/caregivers will be asked to confirm or, if necessary, update the details held in our database (for their child) prior to the cut-off date. 

After the cut-off date, applications will be sorted into the order specified by the enrolment scheme and parents/caregivers will be notified of whether their child has been offered a place or (if not) of their place on the waiting list for their year level. A parent/caregiver whose child has been offered a place needs to accept or decline the place within 14 days. If they don’t accept it, it will then be offered to the student at the top of the waiting list for that year level. This process continues until all available places for the following year have been filled or until there are no students left on the waiting list.

‘Preference’ applicants living in the Area of Reasonable Convenience may be enrolled separately to the processes described above (i.e. these applications will be considered throughout the year) however it will greatly assist us with our planning if their applications are made by the cut-off date.

Information available for inspection

A copy of the school’s enrolment scheme, the waiting list for each year level and an indication of the likely number of places available in the next enrolment intake (if available) will be held at the school office and available for inspection during normal school hours.

Enrolment forms

More information including a copy of the enrolment scheme will be included here once the scheme has been approved by the Ministry of Education. If you have any questions, please contact the Principal’s PA (extn 6102).