Important features of this school that have an impact on student learning

Nelson Intermediate has 450, Year 7 and 8 students. The roll is ethnically diverse and includes 19% who are Māori, 5% Pacific students and students from refugee communities including Myanmar, Thailand, Burma and Colombia. Learners of the English language are provided with additional support in a dedicated space. It is a host school for local cluster Pacific fono.

Te Pitau Whakarei, a bilingual class, provides opportunities for approximately 20 students to learn in te reo Maori. External professional development in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and the onsite Resource Teacher Māori supports development of the new curriculum for this class. The school developed Hikairo principles provide support for positive relationships and guidance for teaching and learning.

Staff involvement in a wide range of in-depth external and internal professional development contributes to effective teaching and learning. A stable senior leadership team provides a range of support for teachers and students.

Recent property developments include earthquake strengthening for some buildings, and upgrading the performing arts block, administration block and outdoor spaces.