The school is undergoing a $13 million senior campus redevelopment due to be completed by 2019, following a $7.6 million upgrade to its junior campus last year. Both are designed to provide modern learning environments.
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says the school will play an increasingly important role as Auckland’s population spreads northwards.
“Warkworth is at the heart of massive growth in Auckland,” Ms Kaye says.
The 10 existing classrooms on the senior campus for Years 4 to 6 will be replaced with 14 new classrooms, along with renewed administration, library and resource spaces. It will cater for 120 new students, taking the roll up to 750 students.
Principal Cynthia Holden says they had to repurpose a library for an extra classroom this year to accommodate the growing roll, which was 650 at the end of last year.
“The enrolment zone is to manage numbers based on classrooms currently available. The building programme will increase capacity to make sure people moving into the area have access to Warkworth School,” she says.
The school started consulting on the enrolment zone last July, based on Ministry of Education recommendations. The home zone came into force on March 1. It is based on the bus transport network and is on the halfway boundary between surrounding schools.
Mrs Holden says the only change was Anderson Road, which the Ministry decided was a shared zone with Matakana School as it is four kilometres from each school. Several families on the road wanted to attend Warkworth and the shared zone means they can chose a school, she says.
Children outside the zone, but already attending the school, can stay enrolled but siblings of current or former students have to apply in an annual ballot if spaces are available. They will be given priority, followed by children of a former student, then children of an employee or board member.
The Warkworth School home zone includes:
State Highway 1 (496-844, 513-844) from Waiwhiu Road (excluded) to Mahurangi West Road (included).
Matakana Road (523, 494 and below included) to Anderson Road.
Anderson Road is a shared zone, meaning students may attend either Warkworth School or Matakana School.
Sandspit Road (809, 836 and below included) to Sharp Road and Mahurangi East Road (both excluded.
Hamilton Road included; Laurie Road, 104 and above included).
Kaipara Flats Road (388, 383 and below included) to Streamlands Swamp Road and Smyth Road (both included).
Woodcocks Road (870, 869 and below included), to Denis Road and Matthew Road (both included).
Addresses on Old Kaipara Road between Woodcocks Road and Streamlands Swamp Road.
All residential addresses on included sides of boundary roads and all no exit roads off included sides of boundary roads are included in the zone, unless otherwise stated.
The only other primary schools in the district to have zones are Matakana and Snells Beach.