School roll at Bishop Viard College, exceeds expectations

Bishop Viard College, Porirua, has gone from a struggling school with a roll that had almost halved to one yielding the most impressive growth across the Wellington region.

The Porirua-based state-integrated Catholic secondary school saw its roll drop dramatically from about a peak close to 500 in 2010 to a low of 231 in 2019.

At Bishop Viard, it is something principal Chris Theobald is very proud of.

Theobold, who started at the school in 2019, said the 80% increase was a restoration of previous enrolments.

He said the roll growth has even surpassed the Ministry of Education’s expectations, with an original forecast roll of 399 students for this year.

Theobald said the college was increasingly pulling from “town” schools offering just as good opportunities”.


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