Area school principals' sabbatical

The Area School Principals' Sabbatical provides 10 school weeks' paid leave for you to undertake professional learning activities, reflection and rejuvenation.

You can also apply for a reimbursement of costs clearly associated with you sabbatical, to maximum of $5,000.

Each year there are ten sabbaticals available to principals, in state or state-integrated area schools, covered by the Area School Principals' Collective Agreement (ASPCA).

Applications for the 2020 Area School Principals Sabbatical are now open!

Apply now by downloading the pdf application form or using the online application form on the right hand of this page. 

If using the pdf application form, please save the form to your computer before entering any information.  You will find a series of frequently asked questions at the back of the form.

If you are using the online application form, you can access the frequently asked questions by clicking here.

Am I eligible for an Area School Principals' Sabbatical?

If you wish to apply for an Area School Principals' Sabbatical, you must:

  • be employed as an area school principal in a New Zealand state or state-integrated school
  • be employed under the Area School Principals' Collective Agreement (ASPCA) or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA)
  • have completed at least five years' service as a principal in a New Zealand state or state-integrated school
  • have the support of your school's board of trustees/employer, including any agreed costs.

Preference is given to applicants who meet the eligibility and assessment criteria and who have not received a study award or sabbatical in the last five years.

Previous recipients’ professional learning

You can read previous recipients' sabbatical reports on the Educational Leaders’ website

Contact Us

We're here to help. If you can't find the answer you're looking for in the application guidelines, get in touch with us by calling 0800 165 225 or email

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