Clutha District has a range of education options, making sure all our children get off to a great start with early learning, primary and secondary schools. All our schools have quality teaching staff and facilities.

At tertiary level, Southern Institute of Technology Telford Campus (SIT is part of Te Pūkenga) offers practical training in agriculture, rural veterinary technician, equine, and apiculture. 

Businesses in the district offer apprenticeships in a variety of industries. Tokomairiro Training specialises in opportunities for theory-based and practical-based learning for youth aged 16-18 years as well as adults.

Telford - Southern Institute of Technology

The heart of New Zealand Rural Education since 1964.

Telford is part of New Zealand farming history and has been preparing students for their futures in agriculture since 1964. The Balclutha campus extends over 856 hectares of farmland with halls of residence and facilities, technical workshops (machinery, carpentry and welding), classrooms and livestock units.

Students gain real-life, practical training under the supervision of experienced tutors and farm managers. Telford Farms are run as a commercial entity.

The farms provide a commercially realistic 'classroom' to develop your farming skills. Each week Telford Farm Managers have up to five students undertaking work experience.

Telford offers several programmes by distance learning, as well as STAR programmes for schools, and Taster Camps.

  • 856 hectares of active farmland
  • Hands-on Practical Training & Learning
  • Blended Delivery and On-campus Courses


498 Owaka Highway,
Otago 9271, 
New Zealand

Tel +64 3 419 0300
Freephone in NZ:  0800 TELFORD


Primary Schools

Clutha District is home to 22 primary schools, including full primary, contributing and composite options.

Full Primary (Years 1-8)

Balclutha School
Clinton School
Clutha Valley School
Kaitangata School
Romahapa School
Rosebank School (Balclutha)
St Joseph's School (Balclutha)
Stirling School
Tahakopa School
Taieri Beach School (Brighton)
Waihola District School
Waiwera South School
Warepa School

Contributing Schools (Year 1-6)

Heriot School 
Milton School 
St Mary's School (Milton)
Tapanui School 
Tokoiti School (Milton)
Waikoikoi School 
Waitahuna School 

Composite Schools (Year 1-13)

Lawrence Area School
The Catlins Area School (Owaka)

Secondary Schools

We have five secondary schools in the Clutha District which includes both composite and secondary education.

Blue Mountain College Year 7-13 (Tapanui)
Tokomairiro High School Year 7-13 (Milton)
South Otago High School Year 9-13 (Balclutha)

Composite Schools (Year 1-13)

Lawrence Area School
The Catlins Area School (Owaka)

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