Papamoa Area Strategy
The Ministry of Education has developed an area strategy plan in response to population growth in the Mount Maunganui – Papamoa Area, Eastern Bay of Plenty. Population in this area is expected to increase significantly.
The Ministry predicts that by 2021 there will be 2,200 additional school aged students living in the area.
The approximate predicted shortfalls are:
- 1000 year 1-6 student spaces by 2021 (with additional provision being required after 2011)
- 600 year 7-8 student spaces by 2021 (with additional provision being required before 2011
- 600 year 9-13 student spaces by 2021 (with additional provision being required after 2011)
The strategy aimed to develop a plan for future schooling provision in the area. The provision needed to address the demand for future student places while managing localised growth areas, cope with the effects of changes on current schools, effectively manage travel times and access to schools, and provide educational pathways for students within the area.
The first phase of community consultation about the Papamoa Area Strategy identified eleven preferred schooling options for the area. After an evaluation of these options, the Ministry undertook a second consultation process on three of them.
The key outcomes of the Papamoa Area Strategy are to:
- Establish a year 1-6 primary school on the Golden Sands Papamoa site to be open for 2011
- Establish a year 7-13 secondary school on the Tara Road Papamoa site to be opened for 2011
- Decapitate Te Akau ki Papamoa School from full primary (year 1-8) to a contributing primary school (year 1-6)
- Decapitate Tahatai Coast School from full primary (year 1-8) to a contributing primary school (year 1-6)
- Provide for roll growth classrooms in existing schools.
Further information on the area strategy is contained in the related download below.