You can enrol for entry to Witherlea School at anytime however we do ask that parents who have siblings already attending they do this is as early as possible before the child starts school. For new people to our community at least 6 months – 1 Year prior to start date is preferable as this ensures we have arranged the school and classes for the following year. If you have just arrived in Marlborough or shifted then as soon as you know you are in zone and wish to start school.

We are a zoned school therefore only enrol students who live in the Witherlea School Zone or who get offered a space through our Ballot Process (this only occurs if there is space via the Board of Trustees meetings which is decided in September each year and does not automatically extend to siblings). Click this LINK to see the zone.

Witherlea School uses an online enrolment form following the link below. The; Blanket Consent and Internet Use form are also required for enrolment.

Links to Enrolment;

Please note that there are multiple documents required for evidence purposes in New Zealand and in particular ZONED schools. These will be required to finalise enrolment. Due to changes in the Zoning and Ballot Process across New Zealand, Boards of Trustees no longer accept Compassionate Grounds for enrolment. There is a process between parents and the Ministry of Education (contact local Ministry for information) otherwise entry to school if in an OUT of ZONE address is the through the Ballot Process only (the Board of Trustees decides on Ballots for the following year).

Transition to School

Mrs Angela Clark is our Assistant Principal and responsible for Transition at Witherlea School. Mrs Angela Clark and Mrs Mel Beattie are our Pukeko Room Teachers and they assist in the smooth transition of New Entrants to school. You will be contacted regarding the ‘Welcome to School Meetings’ and the process outlined for enrolment to ensure you have everything ready to for the first day of school.

It is a help to your child’s transition to school if they are confident to manage the following before starting:


Please feel free to download and read our WELCOME BOOKLET (just click on the link).