Fernridge School is a caring, small rural school for children from New Entrant to Year 6, offering big things in education. Based at the foot of the Tararua Ranges and just 5 minutes from the Masterton CBD, Fernridge School has been offering personalised education for over 150 years.

Our teachers value a very supportive community of parents and caregivers who work together effectively to provide a well rounded education based on respect and a valuing of education to prepare our young people to achieve our school motto “Learning for Life”. We value individuality, diversity and passion.

Our Vision and Values

The Koru is significant for Fernridge School because it is a symbol of our children’s potential being intricately formed. Under the right conditions our children - just like the Koru - will grow, develop, expand, and be ready to establish themselves in the world.

Knowledge: Fill our Kete with knowledge

Opportunity: Make the most of every opportunity to do your best

Respect: Be Respectful and Responsible

Understanding: Understand the differences in others

We are a connected and inclusive COMMUNITY

Good Communication is a priority and fosters positive home and school partnerships. As a community we are united in our vision and value every contribution.

We celebrate DIVERSITY

We have a unique rural-urban blend and are set just five minutes from the foot of the Tararua Ranges. Our whare-iti is a symbol of our cultural heritage and is matched by our commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Our students are offered a range of opportunities and activities which recognises that not all learning is done in the classroom.


We have a culture where our students and staff are empowered to achieve. We provide opportunities and encourage people to take opportunities and learn to create opportunities. People leave Fernridge as confident lifelong learners.

We are a Learner centred school where we utilise Play Based learning and STEM to provide authentic learning opportunities for our students. We have 8 Learner Qualities which lead our learning. These were developed with students from across the Masterton School cluster. We empower our students to be Self Directed with their learning.

Phone: 06 378 6535 264 | Upper Plain Road, RD8 Masterton 5888, New Zealand | Email: office@fernridge.school.nz