The town closest to the epicentre of last September's earthquake is becoming a popular destination for quake refugees from Christchurch.
Darfield is 10 kilometres from the previously unknown Greendale fault where the 7.1 earthquake struck on 4 September 2010.
Darfield High School principal James Morris says that, taking into account enrolments for next year, student numbers have increased by 25, as city dwellers seek out properties free from the effects of liquefaction.
Mr Morris says it remains to be seen whether numbers will increase further as those in the residential red zone receive their government payouts.
If the roll does increase further, he wants to make sure that the benefits of being a rural school with strong links to the community are retained.