We have completed our lockdown exercise at our base school (Benghazi and Tripoli Road sites) and all students, staff and persons on-site are safely accounted for.  Everyone did extremely well and responded to instructions.  A notice will be going out to parents/caregivers tonight to provide some more information about our emergency lockdown procedures.

I would like to personally thank you for your support while we conduct these practices.  Kind regards 

Belinda Johnston, Principal

Welcome to Sommerville

Term Dates

Nau mai, haere mai

Ko Belinda ahau

He tumuaki no te kura o Sommerville
Ko Maungarei te maunga
Ko wai-o-Taiki te awa
Ko Ngati Paoa te mana whenua

Sommerville is not just an educational facility, but an ‘approach’ that meets the needs of a group of very special students.

At Sommerville, our learners can expect to be supported in their personal, social, emotional and educational growth by participating in personalised learning programmes.  Our parents and whānau can expect to be listened to, be included in their child’s journey, enjoy opportunities to celebrate their child’s successes and feel connected to our wider Sommerville community.  Our Sommerville staff can expect to have the support, professional development and resources they need to be effective practitioners in our unique environment.

In consultation with our Sommerville community, we have chosen our vision ‘Together, learning to live our best lives’ to represent what we aspire to achieve for our learners, whānau and staff.

No reira tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna tatou katoa

Belinda Johnston

Specialist Services

Our specialists at Sommerville work with individual students, class groups and teachers to ensure every student gets what they need to grow and meet their potential. Our team is made up of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Behavioural psychologists and specialists, Visual and Hearing Impaired specialists who have a team approach to achieve success for our students.


Choosing and enrolling in a school for children with special needs can be a difficult and confusing process. We work closely with families to help them complete the process as easy as possible and to understand the differences that they may be eligible for when enrolled with us. Parents can book in to see one of our senior managers who will answer any questions and let you know where your child may be if they attend Sommerville.

Parent Information

Working with families is paramount to the success of our school. Find out more about our Vision, Term dates, Afterschool programmes, School zone and more here.


At Sommerville we teach to the New Zealand Curriculum with adapted programmes to suit the level and the needs of our students. Our teachers create individualised learning programmes designed to grow each student in fun and exciting ways. We work closely with families and whanau to make sure every student has the best opportunities to learn at their appropriate level.


Our Outreach service can provide specialist teacher support in local schools for ORS funded students. We have an expert team of teachers who can draw from the resources and knowledge from across our school network to work with students and teachers in other schools.