Tour N1 - Wilson School

Contact Details

Tour Departs at 1.15pm

Wilson School

1 St Leonards Road, Takapuna

Venue Overview

The first of its kind, Takapuna's Wilson School provides specialised teaching in a safe and nurturing environment for its diverse roll of students.

Built in 2008, Wilson School is the first purpose-built Special Needs School in New Zealand, catering primarily for students from five to twenty - one years of age with complex special needs. These students are funded through the Ongoing and Reviewable Resourcing Scheme (ORRS). The school is located in a tranquil and serene site in a well-established park- like setting within the grounds of Wilson Centre in Takapuna, Auckland.

The building design reflects the special provisions required for the students and provides good teaching and therapy spaces within a welcoming and safe environment. The 2 - level, 1600sqm building accommodates 6 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, a library, therapy rooms and secured out - door play areas. The school employs Teachers, Teacher Aides, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Language Therapists and Music Therapists to support Students in their learning opportunities.

Since completion, the school has received numerous accolades as a benchmark of special needs education facility. Apart from winning the inaugural NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal as the best architecture in New Zealand in 2009, the school was also selected as a finalist in the World Architecture Awards in Barcelona. Most recently, the school was awarded the overall winner - Asia Pacific Region in the public service architecture category in the International Property Awards.

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This page last updated: Friday 1 March 2013