156 Designated character schools

(1)

When establishing a State school, the Minister may designate the school as a designated character school.

(2)

The Minister must do so in accordance with this section and section 156AA.

(3)

The Minister may in the Minister’s absolute discretion refuse to establish a designated character school.

(4)

The Minister may not establish a school as a designated character school unless satisfied that, if the school is established,—

(a)

for a school that will also be designated a Kura Kaupapa Māori under section 155,—

(i)

te reo Māori will be the principal language of instruction at the school; and

(ii)

the school will operate in accordance with Te Aho Matua (as defined in section 155A):

(b)

for any other type of designated character school, the school will have a character that is in some specific way or ways different from the character of ordinary State schools (its different character):

(c)

for any designated character school, it is desirable for students whose parents want them to do so to get such an education:

(d)

for any designated character school, students at the school will get an education of a kind that differs significantly from the education they would get at an ordinary State school.

(5)

The Minister may not also designate a designated character school as a Kura Kaupapa Māori unless he or she has first consulted te kaitiaki o Te Aho Matua on the ability of the school to operate in accordance with Te Aho Matua.

(6)

The board of a designated character school must ensure,—

(a)

for a Kura Kaupapa Māori, that—

(i)

te reo Māori is the principal language of instruction at the school; and

(ii)

the school operates in accordance with Te Aho Matua:

(b)

for any other type of designated character school, that—

(i)

the aims, purposes, and objectives of the school’s different character are set out in the school’s strategic plan under Schedule 6; and

(ii)

the school operates consistently with its different character.

(7)

A designated character school that is a Kura Kaupapa Māori may have other special characteristics that give it a particular character (its special characteristics).

(8)

The Secretary must from time to time, by written notice to a designated character school, fix a maximum roll of the school, and the board must ensure that the number of students enrolled at the school is not more than the maximum roll.

(9)

A board of a designated character school may refuse to enrol students whose parents do not accept,—

(a)

for a Kura Kaupapa Māori, that the school operates in accordance with Te Aho Matua:

(b)

for any other type of designated character school, that the school operates consistently with its different character.

(10)

Except as provided in this section and section 11PB, this Act and the Education Act 1964 apply to every designated character school as if it were not a designated character school.

Section 156: replaced, on 19 May 2017, by section 115 of the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 20).