ESOL Team and Contact

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.

  • English Language Learning
  • Community Support Programmes
  • Resettlement Support

Meet the Team


Sarah Denny

Director of Learning Communities

Sarah leads our work on improving the engagement and achievement of multi-lingual learners, a key priority group at Hagley, with a focus on Pasifika learners as well as multi-lingual learners of other nationalities. She also leads programme development, professional learning and appraisal in our After 3 pathway programmes.

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.

Ben Gresham

Diversity Services Manager

Ben manages the 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. A primary trained teacher and an experienced community worker Ben has lived several years overseas including Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

Tara de Coninck

Learning Leader, English Language Learning

Tara is the Learning Leader of English Language Learning Department.


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

Ben Gresham - Diversity Services Manager


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

Rachel Lin - Enrolment Officer

(03) 379 3090 ext 814