Takapuna Grammar School has an enrolment scheme in place to prevent overcrowding. This grants students automatic entry to the school for all students of secondary school age who live within the school’s notified zone. There is the provision to grant entry under as an “out-of-zone” student under priorities determined by the Education Act.
Once admitted to the school, students at Year 12 and Year 13 will be given the opportunity to enter a course leading to either the National Certificate of Educational Achievement or the International Baccalaureate Diploma qualifications. In advising students about their choice of qualification the opportunity for academic success, future intentions, readiness and interests will be the prime considerations.
Takapuna Grammar School supports access for all students to the IB Diploma programme. It endorses the philosophy that IB is derived from as it aligns to the existing Takapuna Grammar School KCRS teaching and learning beliefs.
Procedures for Admission to the IB Diploma Programme:
1. The School will grant entry to the IB Diploma programme to all students from Year 12 who chose that course. Students will need to commit to a full diploma course. Students will not be able to enter the programme from Year 13, but will be able to revert to a Level 3 NCEA programme.
2. The curriculum structures and timetable will be broad enough to enable students access to the full IB Diploma programme and to the core activities of EE, CAS and TOK. They will also enable IB trained staff and appropriate teaching and learning facilities to be assigned to IB classes. The IB Coordinator will annually ensure the future availability of courses.
3. , Information about the IB Diploma programme and its philosophy will be provided to students and parents as part of the annual course selection processes. This includes parents’ information evenings, Option Choice afternoon, assemblies, course books, and online material.
4. Key guidance staff such as Deans, Counsellors, Careers and Guidance Advisors and Form Teachers will be trained to deliver appropriate advice and support. Students’ current level of achievement, interests and future academic plans should guide this process. Students and parents will be able to make an informed decision.
5. There will be proactive measures to ensure that there are no barriers to students entering the IB Diploma programme who could benefit from the educational experience it provides. These will include:
- ensuring that programmes in the year/s prior to Year 12 lead to a full Diploma programme
- consideration of students’ financial circumstances
- catering for the needs of students from various language backgrounds under the schools- language policy
- supporting the needs of students with special educational needs through the school’s Student Support structures and for students with special assessment needs through the D1 and D2 provisions
- encouragement of Maori and Pacifica students to consider the IB Diploma course
- consideration of online courses where subjects are unable to be provided or where students are transferring between schools
6. Students will be unable to change courses within the IB Diploma programme once the teaching year is underway. There may be the potential to change from an HL course to an SL course dependent on the number of teaching hours required being met. Moving from IB to NCEA prior to the start of Year 13 will require approval of Senior Management.