ESOL Courses and Programmes

Hagley has a range of programmes for supporting and furthering the education and employment of refugee background learners and new migrants.

Our English Language Learning and Refugee and Migrant programmes provide you with opportunities and support to learn English and gain skills for living, working and studying in New Zealand. We encourage you to enrol as soon as possible to secure your place.

Meet the Team


Sarah Denny

Director of Learning Communities

Sarah oversees the Learning Communities team, including English Language Learning, Diversity Support, Refugee and Migrant Programmes, and After 3 pathway programmes.

Lesley Cowie

English Language Leaning HOD

Lesley manages the English Language Learning community during the day. She is also responsible for the pastoral care and study pathways for migrant and refugee students under 25.

Thi Phan

Manager of Diversity Support

Thi manages refugee and migrant programmes outside of the usual school day and in the wider community. This includes the Multi-ethnic Homework and Study Support Centre, Weekend and Holiday Programmes, Capacity Building and hosting of cultural events.

Rachel Lin

Enrolment Officer

Rachel looks after the enrolments and pastoral care for students from migrant and refugee background. She also provides bilingual support for English Language Learning classes and administration for the Learning Communities team.


Day Programmes:

Full-Time Courses:

  • Community English (Beginner to Intermediate)
  • Vocational English (Post Intermediate to Upper Intermediate)
  • High School for Students Under 25 Years Old (ESOL, Science, Maths, PE)

Part-Time Courses:

  • Community English (Beginner to Intermediate)
  • Vocational English (Post Intermediate to Upper Intermediate)
  • Conversational English (Beginner)
  • Communication English Life Skills (Beginner)
  • IELTS preparation (Upper Intermediate)
  • Computing
  • Textiles for English Learning (Intermediate)
  • New Zealand Studies for English Learning (Intermediate)
  • Gardening for English Learning (Intermediate)
Day Programmes

Evening Programmes (Part-time courses):

Adult Community Programmes

  • Cooking
  • Sewing
  • Driving Theory Learning
  • Computing
  • Women Wellbeing

Homework and Study Support for Students Year 1-13

  • English and study support (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings)
Evening Programmes

Weekend and Holiday Programmes

Home Language Maintenance Programmes

  • Russian Language Classes (Saturdays)
  • Farsi Language Classes (Sundays)

NCEA Holiday Programmes

  • One-week Exam Support (Term 3 in school year)

Capacity Building and Professional Learning

  • Inter-cultural education workshops for organisations
  • Professional learning for school teachers

Other Services: Bilingual Liaison Support and Hosting of Events

  • International Days (Every second year)
  • Liaison work with other schools (interpreting cultural support)
  • Pastoral care and links to other agencies

Plus check out our After 3 Evening Programme


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Rachel Lin - Enrolment Officer

(03) 379 3090 ext 814