Ruru Specialist School History
Ruru Specialist School has been operating on its present site as a State School
for more than 50 years catering for Students with Special
Educational Needs from the Southland and
South Otago area.
In 1984 in consultation with the Southland Education Board students with
Very High Learning Needs were enrolled at this school as part of the new
Government Policy regarding the right of every child over 5 years of age
to be educated in the school system. This added a new dimension to Special
During the 80’s we initiated and worked with the Education Board and Ministry
in establishing Satellite Classes at Waikiwi, Collingwood and Salford Schools.
This further enhanced parent choice and provided more social learning opportunities
for Special Needs Students.
The last 20 years has seen many changes to meet the ongoing needs of students
through a holistic approach.