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

 2017 Last Day 19 Dec
FERNDALE School Term Dates 2017
  • Term 1   31 Jan - 13 April
    Waitangi: 6 February
    Staff Only Day: 6 March tbc
  • Term 2   1 May  - 7 July
    Queen’s B-day: 5 June
  • Term 3   24 July - 29 Sept
    Staff Only Day: 25 September tbc
  • Term 4   16 Oct - 19 Dec
    Labour Day: 23 October
    Show Day: 17 November

027 222 6646

Deputy Principal:
027 222 6647

Haere Mai, Welcome to Ferndale School


PLEASE NOTE: Our next staff only day is on Monday September 25th 2017.
All Ferndale School classes (including satellites) will be closed. Taxis have been notified.
This staff only day involves looking at a variety of school procedures and initiatives that
support student learning and development.

Nga mihi nui.

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 2017.

Noho ora mai rā, nā

Ray Farrelly