Enrolment Process

We welcome applications from both In-Zone and Out-of-Zone (Selective Entry) Students. First, check your zoning, then apply using the correct application. Once your application has been processed, there is an enrolment interview and lastly confirmation.

Are you In Zone or Out of Zone?

Check the boundaries for Botany Downs Secondary College by viewing a list of our In Zone street addresses.

Children who live in our school’s area (In Zone) are guaranteed a place.

If you are Out of Zone

There are limited places for students that are determined by holding a ballot from applications submitted.  The Out of Zone Ballot closing dates are set by the Ministry of Education, please refer to the Ministry website  regarding the ballot process, order of priority and ballot dates.

Ballot Priorities

The Amendment Act 2010 states that:

  • Priority 2 must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school
  • Priority 3 must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school
  • Priority 4 must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school
  • Priority 5 must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school
  • Priority 6 must be given to all other applicants


Complete the appropriate application form

Alternatively, you can visit us to pick one up. The Enrolment Office is located at Reception.

Only completed applications with the enclosed documents below will be accepted.

A copy of…
  1. Evidence of usual place of residence (3 items of proof are required)
    e.g. Tenancy Agreement (showing 12-month fixed term in a council approved rateable dwelling); current electricity bill showing the previous usage; current telephone bill; or bank statement.
  2. Latest school report (2020).
  3. For New Zealand Citizens – Birth Certificate or Passport or New Zealand Citizenship Certificate.
    For Non-New Zealand Citizens – Copies of Student’s Passport with Residence Permit or Student Passport with Student Visa and Parent Passport with Work Permit
  4. Immunisation record (available from your GP)

Incomplete applications will be returned.

In-Zone 2021

Out-of–Zone 2021

Applications are now closed


Once your application has processed, there is an enrolment interview.

This allows students and parents or caregivers time to ask any questions regarding the college and discuss options relating to the student’s year level.

Each student is interviewed; this takes around 15 minutes. Interviews are conducted by the Senior Leadership Team, Whānau Leaders, or Heads of Learning Area.

2021 Enrolment Interviews

We will be conducting Enrolment Interview evenings as follows:
Wednesday 21 October            3:30pm – 5.30pm and 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Thursday 22 October                3:30pm – 5.30pm and 6.00pm – 7.30pm

A letter will be emailed out to all families who have submitted an enrolment application.  A code will be provided to access the interview website.  Interviews will take approximately 15 minutes and can be booked on our on-line booking system, accessed via www.schoolinterviews.co.nz.  The website will be open to parents from Friday 2 October until 4pm Monday 19 October.  If you have any trouble completing the booking process please contact our Enrolment Officer, Melanie Smith on 273-2310 ext 359.

Please telephone the college if you are unable to keep your appointment.  We ask you to be prompt for your arranged time as any delays affect all subsequent interviews.

The Whanau location of the interview does not determine your students Whanau placement.

As there was no opportunity to hold our Open Evening please refer to the 2021 Prospectus prior to the enrolment interview.


During the interview, a starting date will be confirmed. Information about uniform fitting times and stationery requirements will also be available. An email will also be sent to confirm.

Get in contact with our Enrolment Officer

  • Our administration hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am - 4 pm. We will endeavour to respond on the next college day should your enquiry be outside of these hours.
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