Nayland College principal Daniel Wilson says he is happy many local students continue their education in the area. Photo: File.

Ministry eyes Nayland zoning


The Ministry of Education is looking at controlling growth at Nayland College as the school creeps within 25 students of its maximum capacity.

Nayland College principal Daniel Wilson would not disclose his roll numbers to Nelson Weekly, however, in the latest school newsletter, he confirms their total roll for 2020 is 1375.

This is approximately 200 more students than last year and includes 345 new year nine students, 70 students from other year levels and 50 new international students.

The school can currently accommodate 1400 students, meaning the Ministry of Education is now looking at preliminary options to ensure the school does not exceed capacity.

“If any restrictions are to be placed on our enrolment zone the Ministry of Education will have to run a consultation process,” Daniel wrote in the newsletter.

He told the Weekly that he was “delighted that the vast majority of students in our local community choose to continue their education at their local high school”.

Nayland’s growth is not isolated, however.

Nelson College acting headmaster Tim Tucker says although it’s hard to confirm an exact number in the first few weeks back, the school roll is sitting just under 1100 – which is slightly up on last year.

Garin College principal John Maguire is also reporting a roll increase with 524 students, compared to 512 students in 2019.

Nelson College for Girls principal Cathy Ewing did not respond to questions about the roll size but said that the school was installing solar cells and refurbishing all its toilet blocks.

Property development and staff changes are also afoot at other secondary schools.

Nelson College has welcomed eight new teachers and a new headmaster is expected to be announced in the next month.

The whole front of the school has been repainted and a new sports turf is being installed in 2020. Nayland College are currently upgrading its fire and security systems, and there are several significant modernisation projects planned for the next three years.

Nelson’s two intermediate schools are also reporting roll growth.

Broadgreen Intermediate principal Pete Mitchener says theirs continues to grow and is currently at 574 students.

Five classrooms are being developed along with outdoor teaching spaces.

Nelson Intermediate principal Diane Webb says their roll is currently sitting at just under 500 students – up on last year’s 440 students.

She says this year will see the construction of a new playground and outdoor area space, and the upgrade and relocation of their Māori medium classroom.