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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.

Cornwall Park District School supports all children in their learning, and we appreciate that those with additional needs require extra attention. Children identified as such are those who require extra assistance in the form of adapted programmes, specialised equipment or materials and/or personnel in order to access the curriculum, and to develop their full potential in a range of settings.


Dawn Wood is an associate principal and SENco, she is responsible for the day to day organisation of the school and the students Pastoral Care. The SENco is responsible for:

  • ensuring that teachers identify and track students who have learning or behaviour needs that are outside the typical classroom parameters
  • assisting teachers to make applications for extra support from outside agencies
  • liaising with families, outside agencies and classroom teachers
  • overseeing Individual Education Plans and coordinating associated meetings
  • allocating teacher aide time
  • managing funding and associated budgets
  • maintaining additional needs register

If you have any concerns about your child or family situation do not hesitate to contact Dawn through the office or by email.

Our Learning Support Handbook has been put together to help answer many questions you may have. Click here to download your copy.


Assessment at Cornwall Park Disrict School is tailored to meet the needs of the individual child. Before each test the teacher decides the suitability and reliability of the test. Adaptations are made to cater for children with additional needs when they are sitting formalised tests. For example providing a reader/writer for maths so reading ability does not influence the outcome. If you wish to have any of this explained further please contact one of the associate principals.


CPDS has a register of students who have been identified as having additional needs (High, Moderate and General) in the following categories (or in combination of): health, physical disability, developmental delay, social and or educational. This register also includes gifted children. This register is overseen by the SENco.


Below are links to a few other websites that offer parent support and practical information about education.

The Parenting Place is a charity with a heart for New Zealand families.

The Incredible Years® is a highly successful parent programme provided to families around New Zealand.

The Ministry of Education – Practical information about education for parents and carers.

Hey Sigmund – Where the Science of Psychology Meets the Art of Being Human


CPDS employs a large number of staff to assist our students with additional needs, as well as supporting our class teachers. None of our support staff are completely funded by the Ministry and we are fortunate to have a Board of Trustees that continues to support this area by annually providing a large amount of funding above that funded by the Ministry.

The school constantly monitors the effectiveness of all support offered throughout the year to ensure support is matched to identified needs in the best way possible. We offer one to one assistance for a few children, while most other children accessing these facilitators work in small groups overseen by the class teacher. The school encourages the LSS to support all the children in the class while the teacher works with the child(ren) with additional learning needs.


Erin Nola-Lingard

Learning Leader Kea - Room 12 -Year 0/1
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Dawn Wood

Deputy Principal / SENCo / Pastoral Care
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Linda Yu

ESOL / Choirs and Orchestra /Itinerant Music Coordinator
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Lisa Rolle

Language Coordinator and Teacher/GATE Teacher/Writing Support
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Adele Park

ESOL Lead teacher
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