Burnside High School is a Decile 8, state, co-educational, multicultural, Years 9 to 13 secondary school which opened in 1960 and situated in the North-western sector of Christchurch City. Our catchment area includes parts of the Avonhead, Russley, Burnside, Fendalton and Ilam residential areas and a wide range of socio economic groups. 

As the largest state coeducational secondary school in the South Island and one of the largest in New Zealand we accommodate a roll of 2,450 students plus international students. We are a globally connected school with the longstanding presence of international students which gives the school a distinctive and rich culture.

Burnside High has a community that is predominantly New Zealand European/Pākehā but also includes significant numbers of people from Asian countries and increasing numbers of Māori students. We have a small Pasifika community. Approximately 500 of our students are second language learners, most of these are Asian, but there are also small groups of students from other parts of the world, such as South Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

We are a caring community who value the importance of education, with a strong work ethic and are motivated to provide opportunities in the educational, sporting, leisure and welfare areas. Our parents make a significant contribution to school life particularly through the PTA. We are well-served by local shopping, sporting, recreational and church-based amenities. Our facilities are also a community focus. The gymnasia, Aurora Centre and the sports fields are frequently used by community groups. We are also a leader in the use of digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning, and the development of a blended learning culture.

Burnside is well supported by our local intermediate and primary schools. This reflects the desire of the community for children to attend their local high school. Our main contributing schools are Cobham, Breens, Heaton Normal, Casebrook, Kirkwood and Chisnallwood Intermediates and Westburn and Merrin schools. We work closely with the Hereora and Burnside Learning Clusters.

Burnside High School

Contact Information

Website:        http://www.burnside.school.nz/

Email:            admin@burnside.school.nz
Telephone:    (03) 358 8383

Address:        151 Greers Road
                        P O Box 29 677
                        Christchurch, 8540
                        New Zealand