Ferndale School is a State
Special Education School
located in Christchurch,
New Zealand. 
We cater for students with
high to very high needs
aged from 5 to 21 years.


Find out more



News & updates

 2016 Last Day 16 Dec
FERNDALE School Term Dates 2016
  • Term 1   2 Feb - 15 April
  • Term 2   2 May  - 8 July
    Queen’s B-day: 6 June
  • Term 3   25 July - 23 Sept
    Staff Only Day: 29 August tbc
  • Term 4   10 Oct - 16 Dec
    Labour Day: 24 October
    Show Day: 11 November

027 222 6646

Deputy Principal:
027 222 6647

Haere Mai, Welcome to Ferndale School


>>>> Earthquake Update for Tuesday November 15th 2016 <<<<
Ferndale School and all our Satellites will be open from Tuesday (15th). Thank you for your patience. We hope you are all safe and well.      
Please check this school website or our Facebok Page for updates.
Ferndale School 75th Jubilee 1941 - 2016
We are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year!      
Please keep the date: Saturday, October 22nd 2016 (Labour Weekend).     
More information can be found here, or register your interest
by sending an Email to jubilee@ferndale.school.nz.

A Letter from The Principal

Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to our website.
Feel free to have a browse through to get an idea of who we are and what we do. This website will be updated and added to on a regular basis so please check in regularly.

At Ferndale school we endeavor to provide a truly special education that is as individual and creative as our students. Family involvement in deciding learning goals is a key part of our programme as we look to provide a rounded but specific education for each student. Our school motto, “The Best I Can Be” applies to students and staff alike as we all endeavor to reach our full potential. At Ferndale school we have a wide variety of teaching environments and learning programmes and to allow us to truly meet the needs of each student.

A special education environment is not for everyone and often a supportive mainstream school can be the best option for a young person. Ferndale school can support an ORRS student in the mainstream with our SEIT itinerant teacher service to mainstream schools.

We believe that there are students who need the specialised environment, teaching approaches, behavior management strategies and vision that is Ferndale school to truly meet their potential and we advocate for true parent and student choice at all ages with the child/young person as the paramount consideration.

If you have any questions regarding our school please do not hesitate to contact us or arrange a visit at your convenience.

We look forward to a fun and productive 2016.

Noho ora mai rā, nā

Ray Farrelly