Since 1894, Woodford House has provided an outstanding education and excellent boarding experiences for young women across the globe. Woodford House is a leading schools for girls with a strong focus on academic excellence.
Our teachers are dedicated to helping students gain an understanding of the world around them, acquiring knowledge and developing skills for succeeding in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.
Each year Woodford House welcomes international students into our global village. Students join the Woodford House family from Germany, French Polynesia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, and Thailand, and contribute to our success story every year.
Our International Department makes sure girls feel welcome and happy from the moment they contact Woodford House. We have a comprehensive orientation programme and strong ongoing pastoral care that helps girls integrate smoothly into their new school. Girls are continually encouraged to make the most of their experience in New Zealand, academically and culturally. Woodford House celebrates cultural diversity and offers the Prospectus’ Introduction in several languages.
Woodford House welcomes international students into Year 7 – Year 11, with few exceptions into Year 12. There are three intakes in our Junior School (Year 7 – Year 10) each year in January, April, and July; two in Year 11 in January and April, and one intake in January for Year 12.
Students need to apply online and submit their completed application at least two months before entry, allowing sufficient time for application process, an interview, and visa application from their home country.
The 18 hectare park-like campus of Woodford House is located in Havelock North, in Hawke’s Bay, a beautiful region known as the fruit bowl of New Zealand due to its abundance of fresh produce.
Havelock North was founded in 1860 and it is the gateway to many attractions including Te Mata Peak, Ocean Beach, the Tuki Tuki river, Cape Kidnappers, Arataki Honey, and Te Mata Figs.
The sunny region of Hawke’s Bay includes Napier, Hastings, Havelock North, Central Hawke’s Bay, and Wairoa. It is located on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is easily accessible with daily flights operated by Air New Zealand and Jetstar. It is an hour’s flight, or six hour drive, from Auckland in the north and an hour’s flight, or four hour drive, from Wellington in the south.
Hawke’s Bay is considered the world’s Art Deco Capital and it is home to the world’s largest mainland Gannet Colony, New Zealand’s oldest Farmers’ Market, more than 70 wineries, and extensive cycle trails. It has plenty to keep all ages and stages fully occupied.
There are plenty of opportunities for international students to experience living with a New Zealand family while they study at Woodford House.
The school year is divided into four terms with a two-week holiday in between each term. During the holidays, girls live with homestay families who have been carefully selected by the International Department.
Living in a family home provides international girls with an opportunity to explore different parts of New Zealand and authentic Kiwi living.
We fell in love with Woodford House at first sight. The girls have passion and integrity and the School is full of harmony and freedom. My daughter enjoys her friendships and her classes. Woodford House has helped her be the girl she wants to be.