College Street Normal School is situated in the Palmerston North suburb of Hokowhitu. We are a contributing school (Years 0-6) established in 1893 with a current grading roll of 603.

Our school is Decile 8 (the Ministry of Education socio economic rating).

As a Normal School (from L’Ecole Normale – the style of French Teacher’s College) College Street has a close association with Massey University. As associate teachers, the staff mentor student teachers as they develop their teaching practice.

The school has a significant number of academically able students with many children excelling each year in National and Australasian competitions. Their needs are catered for both within the classroom and through strategies such as cross grouping across classes or year levels, and/or withdrawal programmes.  The school also has very robust and comprehensive Learning Support Programmes that cater for the needs of students with learning difficulties.


College Street Normal School is situated in the Palmerston North suburb of Hokowhitu, in close proximity to the city’s central business area. Rangitane are the Tangatawhenua.

Palmerston North’s tertiary and research facilities attract employees from all around the world. Massey University, Universal College of Learning (UCOL), the Fonterra Co-operative Group, Landcare Research, Hort Research and Ag Research are allocated within the school’s catchment area and provide employment for many of our parents.

The Lido Swimming Complex, Regent Theatre, Te Manawa – Museum of Art, Science and History, City Library, and extensive public playing fields and courts are also in close proximity of our school.College Street draws children from all over the city with approximately one third living outside of the school’s designated zone.

Parents and teachers have high expectations of the school particularly in relation to student academic achievement. Accordingly, there is a strong emphasis on high quality teaching and learning particularly in the key curriculum areas of literacy and numeracy.