Fairhaven School (Napier) delivers a holistic education for students aged five to twenty one years who have a range of special educational learning needs, intellectual and/or physical disabilities. The students are mainly from Napier city, Taradale and surrounding areas.

At the time of the review, of the 70 students on the roll, 37 identify as Māori and 28 as Pākehā.

All students enrolled have high or very high needs and most are funded through the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme. A team of specialists and therapists provide support for students in consultation with families, whānau and staff. Each student has a personalised learning programme (PLP).

Beyond the base school there are 10 satellite classes hosted by four local schools, Tamatea Primary School, Nelson Park School, Tamatea Intermediate School and Tamatea High School. Located at Bridge Pa is a young adult transition centre, Te Rangimarie, that caters for students moving into further training and community living.

Since the February 2015 ERO evaluation the senior leadership team structure has changed and there have been significant staffing changes.

Leaders and teachers regularly report to the board, schoolwide information about outcomes for students in the following areas:

  • achievement in reading, writing and mathematics

  • achievement in relation to the key competencies

  • Māori student achievement

  • progress and achievement in relation to individual goals

  • the proportion achieving their PLP goals.

The school is a member of Ahuriri Kāhui Ako.

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