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Admission - Ka Whakatapoko Mai

Oaklynn is a specialist school for students with high and very high needs, aged 5-21yrs.  Priority for admission is given to those students who have been classified in the Ongoing Resource Scheme (ORS), and for whom Oaklynn is the nearest appropriate special education facility.

Every student who is enrolled in our school is also required to have a Section 9 agreement which is signed by a Ministry of Education, Special Education representative.

Service agencies and the Ministry of Education, Special Education division, can support families to make informed decisions about school placements for their children and to assist them with referral and admission procedures.

Parents and caregivers may also approach the school directly, and we welcome visits to our school from both parents and professionals to check out schooling options for students.

Students - Ngā Tauira

Our students come from a region which stretches from the southern part of West Auckland – Laingholm, Titirangi, to the western fringe of Central Auckland – Lynfield, Blockhouse Bay and Mt Albert.

All of our students have significant learning needs and some have multiple impairments.  70% of our students are on the Autism Spectrum.  There is a range of ethnic groups at the school and we take pride in this cultural diversity.

Transport - Ngā Waka

All students who have Ongoing Resourcing Scheme classification have the right to receive assistance from the Ministry of Education for transport to their nearest appropriate facility, either by taxi or by funding to parents who transport children privately.  (NB: If Oaklynn is not your local special school, you will only get conveyance allowance for the distance to the nearest special school).

Cognition Education (formerly Multi Serve) is the company contracted by the Ministry of Education to manage our transport and we also have a staff member who is our on-site co-ordinator.


Initial Contact

Families.Whanau may approach the school Associate Principals for information or be introduced through MOE SE.

Expression of interest meeting

Families/Whanau meet with the Associate Principal to discuss the school, the student and possibility of placement. An appointment is made to visit possible classes.

Class Visits

 Family/Whanau will visit identified classes with Associate Principal’s.
Second visit can be organised if needed.

Pre-Enrolment Organisation

1. Staff will visit student in current setting or student may visit new class.
2. Enrolment meeting organised


Enrolment Meeting


Enrolment forms, to be completed. Transition visits are organised

Transition to School

1. Student will have transition visits to their new classroom
2. The teacher will prepare a transition book
3. Information from existing education placement will be sent

Starting School


Welcome to Oaklynn. A Checkpoint will take place 2-3 weeks after the student has started school.