Rangitikei College wants to further entrench itself in the community and is developing a charter to reflect that.
As part of the process the school is asking the community to share its views on the college in an online survey.
Principal Karene Biggs encouraged anyone with an interest in the school including parents and employers.
"Everybody who's got an opinion," Mrs Biggs said.
"As a newbie I want to know how the school is viewed in the community."
Mrs Biggs took over the principal's job in April and said she wanted to make Rangitikei College the first choice school in the area and curb the flow of locals going to the city high schools. The consultation would help the school achieve this by tailoring it to the needs of the district.
She said there was sometimes a misconception that the bigger city schools were better.
"I want to change that assumption. I would say our best kids are as good as anywhere in the country."
She was especially keen to hear from people who had sent their children to schools outside the area.
Having only been in the job about seven months Mrs Biggs said there were signs already that things were changing. She was hearing positive comments about the school around the town, and this year's open day attracted about 100 families,whereas previously there might have been 20.
The community views will be collated with the school's ERO report and own internal review to form the charter.
"We need to be responsive to the community," Mrs Biggs said. "For it to be an effective charter it has to be one that reflects all those views."
Mrs Biggs said there were far-reaching benefits keeping local children in the local high school.
The children often had more opportunities, spent less time travelling , and it also helped the local economy.
Mrs Biggs said she wanted to encourage families to give the school a chance when it came to choosing a high school.
"If you're standing from the outside looking in, you don't know what it's like in the inside."
To take part in the colleg's online survey, visit: surveymonkey.com/s/NC6WDWD or pick up a paper copy of the survey from the school.
- Manawatu Standard