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Starship Paediatric Northern Health School

Public Service, Paediatrics, Community, Hospital-based support service


The Northern Health School is one of three schools set up by the Ministry of Education to provide educational support for children with high health needs.

The school covers the northern part of the North Island from Whangārei to Rotorua, and New Plymouth to Gisborne. Trained teachers work with students in hospitals and in the community.

The school for Starship Child Health is on level three of the Starship building. The school also operates in the Child and Family Unit on level one, and in Ronald McDonald House.

What we do:

  • Establish whether children meet the school's eligibility criteria
  • Assess the education needs of students
  • Provide an educational programme tailored to meet these needs
  • Support the programme through regular contact using home visits, classroom or bedside teaching, post,  email and phone calls
  • Co-ordinate and liaise between students, parents, their regular school and any other services involved with the student
  • Assist the student to return to their regular school.

Referral Expectations

The school caters for children from year one to 13 who have been, or are expected to be, absent from their regular school for ten days or more due to illness.

They remain on the roll of their regular school while they are working with us and in most cases will transition back to their regular school as their medical situation allows.

After discharge from Starship hospital, children will need a specialist's medical certificate in order to qualify for a community health teacher.


For enrolled students, the Starship school classroom is open between 10.00am - 11.45am and 1.30pm - 2.45pm during the school terms.

For children who are unable to attend the classroom, teachers are available to work with them on their ward between 9.00am and 3.00pm.

Contact Details

For more information you can visit the Northern Health School's website or phone the administrative centre on (09) 520 3531 (0800 153 002) to discuss enrolment.

2 Park Road
Auckland 1023

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2 Park Road
Auckland 1023

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Starship Child Health
Private Bag 92 024
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

This page was last updated at 2:17PM on June 29, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Starship Paediatric Northern Health School.