Residential special schools – for students with vision, hearing, behavioural and learning needs

Residential schools are for students who have:

  • low vision or hearing
  • severe behavioural needs
  • high educational, social and emotional needs. 

Residential schools can be used when a student’s education at their local school is not working for them.

To find out how to get support, contact your local district office.

School for students who are blind or have low vision

Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand (external link)  (BLENNZ) runs a national network with resource centres across the country. It also provides residential placements at Homai. These placements are for students who need residential programmes to support their learning.

Support for students who are blind or who have low vision has more information about BLENNZ.

Schools for students who are deaf or hard of hearing

Deaf Education Centres employ Resource Teachers: Deaf, who support students in their regular schools. They each have residential options, early childhood education centres and resource centres.

Kelston Deaf Education Centre (external link) is in Auckland and supports students in the top half of the North Island.

Van Asch Deaf Education Centre (external link)  is in Christchurch and supports students in schools in the South Island and the lower half of the North Island.

Schools for students with high educational, social and emotional needs

These schools are for students who need to have the New Zealand curriculum significantly adapted because they may have a slower rate of learning. They are for students who have certain educational, social and emotional needs that can’t be met in their regular school.

Westbridge Residential School (external link)  is a co-educational school and is in Waitakere City.

Halswell Residential College (external link) is a co-educational school and is in Christchurch.

Salisbury College (external link) is for girls and is in Nelson.

Sometimes students are placed at one of these schools if they are receiving an Intensive Wraparound Service.

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