School Rolls

The Ministry of Education carries out statistical collections (roll returns) from New Zealand schools at different times during the year.

The Ministry uses the collected data in a number of ways: to fund and staff schools; to support policy analysis, development and decision making; to monitor the outcomes of the New Zealand education system; and for national and international reporting purposes.

The data reported here is based on the 1 July roll returns since it provides detailed information on age and ethnicity for trend analysis.

Time Series Data for Student Numbers

These spreadsheets provide student numbers across time in a simple, easy to use format.

Student Numbers Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size

Build Your Own Table: Interactive Pivot Table for Student Numbers

These spreadsheets allow you to create your tables by any combination of variables.  All three spreadsheets have the option of displaying number of students by school, school type variables (such as decile or affiliation), and regional type variables.

Please note: use of this spreadsheet requires MS Excel version 2007 or later.

Student Numbers Interactive Pivot Table Downloads: File Type & Size

One-on-One Dimensional Tables for Student Numbers

The chart below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to student numbers.  All of the tables give breakdown by student gender.

School Data Dimension Notes

The dimensions are:

Funding Year Level:

Prior to 2008 this was known as Year of Schooling or MOE Year Level. The Funding Year Level measures the number of years of schooling a student has received and provides the Ministry of Education with a method of counting students for funding and staffing purposes. The Funding Year Level for most students is based on the date they first started school. It is independent of the way schools are organised and independent of the particular programme of study that a student may undertake.

Student Type:

Regular Student:
A domestic student, who is aged less than 19 years at 1 January of the roll count year. Includes; students in general classrooms and those in special needs units. Excludes; international fee-paying students, NZAID-funded students (prior to 2009), alternative education students and adult students. This classification is used by the Ministry for funding purposes.

An international student (prior to 2009 these were Foreign Fee Paying students) who meets the full tuition costs on their own or from funds provided to them by sponsors other than the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Students can be studying at a secondary or tertiary level.

NZAID Funded Student:
New Zealand Agency for International Development funded student. A student on a scholarship from the New Zealand Agency for International Development. Prior to 2004 this was known as a MFAT scholarship. As of 2009 these students are now part of the domestic count and not included in international fee paying student totals.

Alternative Education Student:
A young person aged between thirteen and a half and sixteen years of age who has become alienated from the education system. As they are either unwilling to attend a regular school or schools are unwilling to enrol them in a mainstream setting they attend an Alternative Education Programme.

Adult Student:
A domestic student who has continued at a school and is aged 19 years or over on 1 January of the roll count year.

The age (in years) as at 1 July of the student enrolled at the school.
Student Gender:
The gender of the students. Each of the tables above has student gender as part of the data breakdown.
Ethnic Group:
The ethnic group the member belongs to, for example, Māori, Asian. The ethnic group data is presented at level 1 and prioritised. Prior to 2009, NZAID (MFAT) and FFP students had a combined separate ethnic group. NZAID (MFAT) students are now considered to be domestic and are part of the regular ethnic group counts. IFP are a separate ethnic group.
Schools are grouped (by school type) into four sectors of schooling education, Primary, Secondary, Composite and Special.
School Type:
The type of the school, for example, primary school, composite school, secondary school.

This dimension is most commonly represented for state integrated schools. The religious or organisational affiliation of schools, for example, Roman Catholic, Montessori. Only schools that requested an affiliation are included in that affiliation group.

The ownership of the school for example State, State-Integrated and Private.
School Gender:

The gender of the students that a school caters for, for example, co-educational, boys school.A small number of single sex schools can have some students of the opposite sex on their roll. These students can only access the education they need at these 'opposite sex' schools i.e. adults or special needs students.


The decile assigned to the school. Students from low socio-economic communities face more barriers to learning than students from high socio-economic communities. Schools that draw their roll from these low socio-economic communities are given greater funding to combat these barriers. The mechanism used to calculate and allocate this additional funding is most often known as school deciles.

Schools are assigned a socio-economic score based on five census derived socio-economic factors. The 10 percent of schools with the lowest scores are considered decile 1 schools, the next 10 percent of schools are considered decile 2 schools, etc. Decile 1 schools have the highest proportion of low SES students.

Education Region:

The education region the school of the student is located in. These are ten administrative regions created by the Ministry of Education and aligned with the Ministry's ten local offices

Regional Council:

The regional council area the school of the student is located in. Regional council boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand.

Territorial Authority:

The territorial authority area the school of the student is located in. Territorial authority boundaries are defined by Statistics New Zealand. We have subdivided the Auckland Supercity territorial authority into smaller wards to give more detailed information of the area.

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