Coming to Ellesmere College

Welcoming students from across the South Island

Proven academic results, a supportive environment and exceptional teachers ensure that every child receives the very best education and experience at Ellesmere College.

Ellesmere is a small, rural school where every staff member and student alike know and support one another. We offer students a full curriculum, alongside a broad range of extra-curricular activities, to support well-rounded student development.

Enrolment information

If you are interested in enrolling at Ellesmere College, please follow the link to our Enrolment Form here: Enrolment 2020

The Ellesmere College enrolment zone is centred around Leeston on the Canterbury plains. For specific details on the enrolment area, see the map to the right.

For more in-depth information on coming to Ellesmere, please view our Prospectus 2020

Financial information

Domestic students/permanent residents

  • Entry for all NCEA standards: No fees
  • Entry for New Zealand scholarship subjects: No fees

International students/non-New Zealand residents

  • Entry for all NCEA standards: $383.30
  • Entry for New Zealand scholarship subjects: $102.20 per subject

For more information on enrolling at Ellesmere as an international student, please head over to our international page.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is available for secondary school candidates entering standards on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and Scholarship. The purpose of financial assistance is to ensure that fees are not a barrier to participation in qualifications.

To be eligible for financial assistance, the fee payer must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Benefit-based applications: receive a Work and Income or Study Link benefit;
  • Income-based applications: have a joint family income that entitles the applicant to receive a Community Services Card;
  • Multiple candidate applications: have more than one child undertaking these qualifications in the same year with fees exceeding $200, irrespective of income.

Financial assistance application form.

Note: International students are not eligible for financial assistance.

Ellesmere bank details

All payments to the school can be made by direct credit to the following bank account: Ellesmere College BNZ Leeston, 02-0860-0074747-00.

Please include the students name and the reason for payment as a reference, i.e. camp fees.

Ellesmere Parent Teacher Association

Ellesmere is fortunate to have a very active and passionate PTA, committed to enhancing school life and students’ experiences. The PTA organise various fundraising activities each year, including bake days, cheese sales and quiz nights.

The money raised is used to fund a range of activities and additions to the school. Recent initiatives include a lunchtime learning support club, new lab stools and a drum kit for the arts department.

For more information on PTA events, or if you would like to become involved, please contact the PTA facebook page.

Our Whānau Committee

Our Whānau Committee is a group of individuals made up of whānau, staff and students, who work collaboratively to support Te Ao Māori at Ellesmere College, Te Kāreti o Waihora.

Meeting monthly, the Whānau Committee organises events such as the hugely successful Po Whakangahau annual cultural celebration, and works closely with our school leadership to ensure the voices of the Māori and Pasifika communities are being heard and honored.


Ensuring students travel safely to and from school is crucial both to parents and the College.

The Ellesmere College zone is covered by 12 school buses, which many of our students use daily. A map of the College zone and bus routes can be found here.


Our uniform gives students a shared identity and fosters a sense of pride in the Whānau, College and themselves.

The Ellesmere College uniform can be bought both online and in-store at and also at our PTA second-hand shop (see Ellesmere College PTA Facebook page for more info).

For more detailed information on the Ellesmere dress code, please see here: The Ellesmere College Uniform

Connect with the school

We have a number of ways for parents and students to connect with the College and find out what’s going on at Ellesmere.

The Ellesmere College school App can be used to view the College calendar, read the latest newsletters, register absences – and much more! You can download the App on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

We have a lively online community. Join the Ellesmere facebook page and stay up-to-date with the latest Ellesmere happenings.

Enrolment forms, school notices and other information can all be found on the parent portal.