Burnside High School Overview

One of New Zealand’s largest secondary schools, Burnside High School is well-placed to offer a large range of specialty subjects along within its overall curriculum. The school’s ethos is one of excellence, individual care for its students and high quality teaching and learning resources.

International students are cared for by dedicated professionals who assist them with their adjustment to life at Burnside, academic requirements, English language needs and living arrangements, in order to create a safe and satisfying experience of school at Burnside High.


Burnside High School is located in spacious, landscaped facilities in the north west of Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city. Christchurch is a lively city with a fascinating range of social and cultural resources to enjoy, from the parks and gardens the city is known for, to the diverse Asian and European cuisines, the museums, music and theatre, and plenty of space for bicycles and walking.


Burnside High School is laid out on 16.2 hectares of open space with gardens and trees, courtyards and sporting fields. Facilities include 2 gymnasiums, outdoor swimming pool, athletics track and the Aurora Centre for the Performing Arts.

The buildings are modern and well-equipped, including the library, classrooms and administration complex. The facilities are well-maintained, as is the environment and students are encouraged to care for and respect these as well.


Burnside High School offers subjects in the following areas, varying with year of study:

  1. Music
  2. Classics
  3. Computing
  4. GATE (Gifted And Talented Extension programme)
  5. Health
  6. History
  7. Languages
  8. Mathematics

AA Education will give you more information on these subject areas when you make your enquiries about study at Burnside.
English Courses

ESOL is available for all international students, including the option of intensive tuition as needed.

Entry Requirements

International students need to demonstrate a record of successful studies in their home country and motivation and commitment to studies at Burnside High School. English language skills can be improved with Intensive ESOL tuition.

Enrolment dates

Closing date of July 31 of the year before year of study for Year 9, and 31 August for international Year 10-13 students.

When you study at Burnside High School you will:

  1. Receive individual care and attention to help you achieve your best with a first rate education.
  2. Study in an environment that values excellence, encourages exploration of your interests and talents, and provides a safe and satisfying experience of education.
  3. Enjoy a touch of family life in a home away from home.
  4. Have the chance to make lifelong friendships with the other students you meet at Burnside.
  5. Learn more about New Zealand, the Kiwi way of life and the social and cultural attractions of NewZealand’s second largest city.


AA Education is ready to answer all your questions about studying at Burnside High School. One of our counsellors will assist you in planning and organising your travel, applying to become a Burnside student and applying for your student visa. Contact AA Education Network today.

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Burnside High School has been offering music tuition for Year9 students. Students can choose the instrument they want to learn for their one-and a half year semester. Students passing out successfully in this tutorial section can apply for choir, junior guitar group, or junior string orchestra. Write to us if you are interested in the music session offered by the high school.

Burnside High School has announced the term dates and fee structure for courses that are scheduled for next semester. There are 4 terms offered by the school. To know details about the terms and course fees write to us.