Woodford House


Woodford House
Private Bag 1001
Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay

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+64 6 873 0700

Woodford House is a boutique boarding and day school where the girl is always at the centre.

Woodford House provides safe, challenging and holistic educational experiences that encourage individual excellence, independence and global connectedness.

Its special character draws upon Christian values to continuously develop respectful, kind and tolerant young women. The Chapel lies physically and spiritually at the heart of the School, and spirituality is one of the four cornerstones alongside academia, sport and culture.

The School is located on 18-hectares of beautiful park-like grounds, making it the ideal place to study and pursue passions. Their small class sizes combined with exceptional teachers provide each girl with the opportunity to excel in their own learning goals.

Woodford House consistently exceeds national averages in NCEA, positioning it as one of the leading schools for girls in New Zealand.


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  • Female only

    Female only

  • 330

    Total number of students

  • 16

    International students

  • Hawke's Bay Region

    Hawke's Bay Region

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Woodford House – Leading girls’ school in New Zealand

Located in the Hawke’s Bay region, on the East Coast of the North Island, New Zealand, Havelock North is a lovely prosperous suburb with warm and moderate climate. This is where you will find Woodford House, a leading girls’ school in New Zealand.

Woodford House was established in 1894 by Miss Mabel Annie Hodge who was a gifted and innovative teacher from Woodford House School in Surrey, England. Woodford House in New Zealand has a long standing reputation for educating intellectual, competent and well-rounded young women. We deliver the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) curriculum which is widely recognised and accepted by the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany and many other countries.

Woodford House is a culturally diverse community and is home to about 300 girls. About 150 girls are boarders, including 10 international students. The students are from 12 to 18 years old, studying from Year 7 to Year 13. They come from many different countries such as Japan, China, Thailand, Futuna Island and South Korea, with a range of interesting educational backgrounds.

Woodford House is proud to offer small class sizes and personalised learning. Class sizes range from 5 – 15 students.  The maximum number of students in a class is 24. Our students work hard and play hard. They achieve highly in academia, sports, music, arts and technology at national and international levels. Woodford House has 70 staff members who are well regarded and dedicated educators devoted to our students. They embrace new ways of supporting students in their learning to be the best they can be. Everything we do is focused around ongoing learning and personal excellence.


Boarding at Woodford House is a special and sought-after experience for students. It is a place where our girls are deeply cared for and there is a strong sense of belonging. We have five boarding houses that are equipped with single and double bedrooms, common rooms for the girls to socialise in, study nooks, bathrooms and kitchens.  The bedrooms contain a bed, wardrobe, study desk and chair. The girls are encouraged to decorate their rooms with photos to make them homely.

When girls are in Year 13 they experience apartment living. Woodford House has three apartments located on site. This style of living prepares girls for a life beyond Woodford House.

Students receive breakfast, morning tea, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and supper each day. The food is prepared by professional chefs and all recipes align with the Ministry of Health guidelines.

The girls are cared for 24 hours, 7 days a week by a House Supervisor.

Woodford House is situated on 18 hectares of stunning park-like surrounds. We offer the girls a safe, secluded environment for studying and enjoying a privileged lifestyle with a 25-meter swimming pool, two gymnasiums, and numerous poetic walkways through the woods and gardens. The school is only 1.4km away from the town centre, which has a range of cafes and shops, so the students can go for a stroll downtown after school..

Woodford House International

Year 13 Deputy Prefect Manae Feleu: “It has been really enriching, I have learnt a lot about myself and others. Woodford House has helped me grow as an individual and become more independent.”

Mother of Michelle Lee, Year X students: “Michelle is so happy at Woodford House. She is trying many different sports that she never thought she would like before. The staff and the teachers are very supportive and caring to her. Michelle has also made a lot of good friends with people from different cultures. She considers Woodford House as her home in New Zealand. I am very grateful that we have made the right decision to let Michelle to study at Woodford House.”


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