Southwell School

Southwell School, established in 1911, is a Private School for children aged 5 to 13 years (Year 1 to Year 8). It is the largest primary boarding and day school in New Zealand. Southwell has attractive grounds, buildings and extensive playing fields on a site of more than 12 hectares (30 acres) which includes 1.6 hectares (4 acres) of native trees. The School is situated in the city of Hamilton which is an easy 1 hour 20 minute drive from Auckland International Airport.

We Offer
  • High quality education in a caring, supportive and safe environment
  • Academic excellence 
  • Specialist Teachers in Science, Technology, Art, Pottery, Physical Education, Christian Education, Music, French, Chinese, Maori and Drama
  • Strong Sports programme
  • Annual Opera production
  • Private instrumental instruction
  • Extra ESOL classes for students either 1 on 1 or in small groups
  • Boarding facilities for 80 students in a safe nurturing environment
  • Excellent preparation for secondary education
General Areas of Study

New Zealand Primary and Intermediate school curriculum.
Specialist teachers and purpose-built facilities including: science labs; performing arts centre; technology, art & pottery rooms; library; gymnasium & recreation centre. 


Fee Examples


2017 Tuition Fee: $28,120
2017 Boarding Fee: $13,290

Full details of fees are available on the School's website.

These Fees are subject to change

Care and Support for International Students

Southwell School is a signatory to the Code of Practice. There is a fulltime International Student Director and Boarding House staff on site. Students are monitored in accordance with New Zealand Government regulations to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Accommodation options

The majority of International Students live at Southwell School's Government approved Boarding House with students going to either their Guardian or an approved Homestay during leave weekends and school holidays. Children under the age of 11 years old must live in the Boarding House or with a parent or legal guardian in accordance with the Code of Practice.

Contact Person

Gloria Archer 
International Student Director

Web Address


200 Peachgrove Road,
PO Box 14015, Five Cross Roads,
Hamilton, New Zealand


+64 7 855 2089