These challenging times mean it has never been more important to carefully consider children’s wellbeing and happiness. So many people, both young and old, are anxious about the future. That’s why in 2009 we created a school that is truly different: prioritising the development of inner strength and social skills that will empower children to build the peaceful, tolerant world most of us yearn for.

We have a strong focus on resilience. This is not just bolted on to the regular curriculum; it has been deliberately built into our day-to-day educational programme and into the caring, respectful way our team of talented and committed educators support each student.

Small class sizes enable our educators to deliver our advanced, holistic curriculum in a way that is personalised to each child. This allows us to support them on their their unique path and make the academic curriculum meaningful through real-world experiences.

We keep our fees as low as possible to make this opportunity accessible to more families. If you would like to find out more, please do get in touch.

Jeremy Orczy
Seven Oaks School Principal


Our skilled educators are able to push the boundaries of their students’ imagination


Students choose what interests them and we help them build and extend their abilities


Our small classes and caring educators help students get the most out of school

Our principal Jeremy is happy to show you around and answer your questions



Children move through many crucial, short-lived developmental stages on their path to adulthood. Psychologists believe each stage provides the foundation for future stages, and that missing stages can limit future development.

The learning journey at Seven Oaks is designed to optimise the brain’s natural development, while honouring each individual and the natural variations each child experiences along their pathway.

Each student at Seven Oaks follows a unique path, moving on to each new stage when they are ready, but the year and age groups are broadly outlined below.

AGES 5 – 7

YEARS 0 - 2

These early years are critical to developing a positive sense of identity at school – our caring community makes the transition easy for the child and their parents/caregivers
AGES 7 – 9

YEARS 3 - 4

Exploring and observing, discovering and explaining – lots of hands-on experiences and activities give a practical and personalised context to emerging academic skills
AGES 9 – 11

YEARS 5 - 6

With a strong focus on creativity and self-expression, team and leadership skills and personal growth, we encourage social responsibility and ask students to listen to their hearts and minds
AGES 11 – 13

YEARS 7 - 8

As our students start to look towards new horizons, we ensure their skills are cemented and encourage independence, confidence and respect for others and the environment

Considering a new school is a big deal – you’re welcome to ask questions or come and visit



School performance is traditionally measured by their academic results via Progressive Achievement Tests or other quantitative tests. Seven Oaks scores are outstanding in these tests, however our children’s happiness and parents’ satisfaction are the most important measures that motivate us to evolve and fine-tune the education we offer. Our students’ strong academic results are a natural outcome of the attention we pay to their social and emotional growth.

Educator’s communication

Holistic growth focus

Experiential learning

Quality of education

What parents say

Seven Oaks Progressive Achievement Test (PAT) Results 2019

(Percentage above national average by length of time at Seven Oaks)

This graph illustrates the typical growth in academic results according to how long students have spent at Seven Oaks – the longer they spend at Seven Oaks the stronger their academic results.

Based on our PAT scores, students who start at year 1 are likely to be almost 60% above the national average by the time they finish year 8.



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6 days ago

Seven Oaks School

At Seven Oaks, the children in the senior classes have an outdoor or onsite programme option.

In the outdoor programme, the children go offsite three days a week from 11am to 3pm. From 9am to 10:30am they do literacy and maths.

In term 1, the children did a beach focus. They learnt to surf, cleaned up beaches, learnt about the environment and erosion, and many other activities.

Over the course of term 2, the outdoor option class prepared themselves for a three-day tramp at Mount Sommers.

They learnt all the skills needed to embark on the adventure including; navigation, camp cooking and bush survival skills. The children also learnt about our native plants and wildlife and how to protect these. Through engaging in these sessions, the class used their mathematical thinking, creativity and created a strong sense of whānaungatanaga.

The children grew socially and emotionally, and became a tight knit group that were able to support each consistently and successfully work together.

They spent the days exploring the native bush, water caves and crossing swing bridges and our evenings were spent playing spotlight, cards and of course, toasting Marshmallows on the fire!
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3 months ago

Seven Oaks School

Our first Open Day of 2022 is on Friday May 27th. Our Open Days are a great way to find out a bit more about our philosphy and curriculum.
There will be a presentation and a tour of the school and preschool, plus some time for a chat and a cup of tea.
Please register in advance if you can, or just come along on the day. We'd love to meet you.
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Our first Open Day of 2022 is on Friday May 27th. Our Open Days are a great way to find out a bit more about our philosphy and curriculum.
There will be a presentation and a tour of the school and preschool, plus some time for a chat and a cup of tea.
Please register in advance if you can, or just come along on the day. Wed love to meet you.

3 months ago

Seven Oaks School

This term the tamariki in the Senior Project Class have chosen to be part of a Junior Master Chef option. Each week they are given challenges, where they use their imagination and creativity to produce wonderful results. The challenge this week was 'Eggs', where they needed to produce a meal using eggs. The winning group made ravioli from scratch.....delicious! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Seven Oaks School

Learning outdoors is always so enjoyable, and there are so many things that feed into different curriculum areas. We try and get students out there as often as possible. Recently, they have been inspecting the eels we found in our spring, picking sweet and fragrant cranberries – also called Chilean guava if you didn't knw – co-operating on sandpit construction projects, and talking about why different leaves have varied appearances and properties. We feel so lucky to have so much nature around us every day. To find out more about our amazing independent school, please get in touch. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

Seven Oaks School

Here's a great example of how we bring literacy to life at Seven Oaks. Our educator Alison brought a big basket of plums into school, and used Margaret Mahy's wonderful story “Jam” as a starting point: we read the story and shared our experiences of growing fruit and eating jam. The children were excited to find a recipe in the story, so we set to work cutting plums, measuring sugar, and stir, stir, stirring! It was an exercise in patience, but our efforts were rewarded by the end of the day. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yum! What a beautiful, meaningful experience ❤

11 months ago

Seven Oaks School

We are going to cancel our September 23rd Open Day because of the Level 2 restrictions.

However, I can do individual meetings and tours. Would you like to come in for a chat and a look around? I'm free most mornings and all day Friday.

Jeremy Orczy
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Hi Jeremy decided to join the page so I can keep up. I’ll contact you by email Re booking in some visits for Bradley. Thanks for your time today.

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