Residential special schools (RSS)

Residential special schools are for students with educational needs relating to:

  • vision
  • hearing
  • socialisation, behaviour, and learning.

All RSS enrolments are made through the Section 9 process.

To find out how to access a residential special school, contact your local office or follow the links below.

Schools for students with social, behaviour and/or learning needs

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 School (external link)  is for girls and is in Nelson.

These three schools are for students aged from 8 to 15 (year 3-10), who have social, behaviour and/or learning needs that are highly complex and challenging. These needs impact in home, school and community settings. Local learning support services have been accessed and are unable to meet needs.

Young people can access a RSS enrolment with or without additional support through the Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS).

RSS enrolment –direct access pathway (without IWS)

RSS enrolment-with IWS

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 support 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.

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