Sunday 22 July 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Southwell School?

At Southwell School we believe that International Students receive excellent preparation for their secondary education. By coming to Southwell they develop their English Language skills and adapt to the New Zealand culture in a smaller, caring environment before heading off to a larger secondary school. Students become famliar with a timetabled programme, examinations, homework, and have many opportunities available to them to prepare them for the future. 


  • For Boarding and Day students aged 5-13 years
  • New Zealand's largest private boarding and day school for primary aged school children
  • Strong focus on Academics, Performing Arts, Technology & Sport
  • Located in Hamilton (NZ''s fourth largest city) which is only a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Auckland International Airport
  • Spacious grounds (12+ hectares) with excellent facilities and sports fields
  • A safe and caring environment


  • Excellent preparation prior to secondary education
  • High quality education in a caring and supportive environment
  • Academic excellence
  • Specialist teachers in Science, Technology, Art, Pottery, Physical Education, Christian Education, Music, French, Chinese, Maori & Drama
  • Strong Sports programme
  • Annual Opera production
  • Private instrumental instruction
  • Extra ESOL lesons for students as required
  • Boarding facilities for 80 students
  • Boarding students may enrol from age 10-13 years
  • Day students may enrol from age 5-13 years
  • Small classes - staff/student ratio across school of 1:15


  • Students have support from a full time International Student Director
  • A well staffed Boarding House including a registered nurse on site during the school day
  • A full time chef and kitchen staff providing three meals per day plus morning tea, afternoon tea and supper
  • A laundry supervisor who attends to all the students' laundry requirements


Southwell School is a signatory to the New Zealand Government's Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The Code of Practice ensures a high quality of care and protection for all International Students studying in New Zealand. The government monitors all education providers to ensure requirements of the Code are being met.




Southwell School

  • Address:PO Box 14015 Five Cross Roads Hamilton 3252 New Zealand
  • Phone:+64 7 855 2089
  • Fax:+64 7 855 9023
  • Office Hrs:8.00am to 5.00pm

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