Student Support Centre

Support for students with high needs.

The student support centre is a well organised and an integral part of the school.  Teachers effectively manage the particular learning needs of a group of students up to the age of 21.  Students are mainstreamed as far as possible, and benefit from the school’s inclusive culture.  Good provision is made for meeting the academic and social needs of students with high needs through individual education programmes.  Some mainstream programmes are well modified to cater for the needs and interests of students from the centre.  Students are supported to achieve success in NCEA.  They have some interesting opportunities to learn life skills.  ERO observed students engaged in purposeful activities to develop their independence.  They were receiving high quality individualised support from trained teachers and teacher aides.  Older students undertake relevant work experience.  Students with high needs participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities.  The school celebrates the success that individuals and groups of students achieve.

ERO 2010


Students who require support with learning are offered places in the Student
Support Centre programmes for English, Maths and Social Studies in years 9 and 10.

The Student Support Centre offers appropriate individual programmes with opportunities for mainstreaming in core and option subjects with support if necessary.   ASDAN is run for the senior students which is an NZQA recognised  life skills programme.

I.T. is an integral part of the work provided within the unit.

English and Maths Unit Standards may be offered as qualifications to senior students. Work experience in the community is also an important part of this curriculum for senior students.

Outdoor Education, health and fitness are an integral part in individual and group programmes, which also aims to help each student to function independently and become included in programmes with peer groups as much as

Practical skills are catered for by the Hargest Technology Department.


It is the intention of the Centre to:

  • Provide a safe, supportive environment for students.
  • Provide programmes and support necessary for students to
    achieve to their optimum level.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop social skills in
  • Foster the development of co-operation, consideration and
    tolerance for each other.
  • Improve the students' respect for themselves, others and property.
  • Encourage acceptance of consequences for their individual action.
  • Ensure that responsibility for the student's behaviour and education remains with the student.
  • Ensure students are aware of and practise socially acceptable behaviour.
  • Provide a wide range of learning opportunities through experience of real life situations in and
    beyond the classroom.
  • Develop communication, problem solving, self management, and study skills.
  • Ensure teaching and learning methods are flexible, adaptable and sensitive to their individual
    needs and capabilities.


  • The Student Support Centre caters for a wide range of abilities.
  • Cultural (Drama and Music)
  • Teacher Aides for individual attention and help in mainstream.
  • Some topics taught in the Unit.Small groups with Teachers and Teacher Aides
  • Outdoor activities
  • Social Skills.
  • Specialist visits.


  • All maths/Reading/S.S. resources.
  • Interactive Smart Board.
  • Daily access to school vans.
  • Kitchen facilities.
  • Newly fitted special needs toilet and bathroom facilities.
  • Expanded teaching space in the form of a new classroom with ten computers.