One high school for the Wakatipu Basin on a site which has
room for expansion is preferable to establishing a second,
separate high school, the Ministry of Education says.
In 2012 the Otago Daily Times reported the ministry
had purchased 8ha of land owned by Remarkables Park Ltd for
schooling purposes and it was later confirmed Wakatipu High
School would be relocated from inner Queenstown to Frankton.
The ministry has submitted a notice of requirement to the
Queenstown Lakes District Council for the relocation and an
early childhood centre to operate close to the high school.
''It is a common ministry practice to site ECEs [early
childhood centres] on proximate school sites,'' the notice
The ministry said the site the school presently sits on ''has
very limited capacity for expansion'' and is not in a
Future growth in pupil numbers is expected to come from
Frankton, Kelvin Heights and northeast of Queenstown.
''The Remarkables Park site offers the school greater
capacity to expand and place it in a more central location
relative to the wider Wakatipu Basin.''
It is also briefly noted in the notice of requirement that
one high school is preferred to establishing a second.
The relocated school's capacity is expected to progressively
reach 1500 following the 2017 opening and the early childhood
centre would cater for a maximum of 50 children aged under 5.
The ministry intends to have Wakatipu High School relocated
to the Remarkables Park site in time for commencement of the
2017 school year.