New Zealand's Education System

Students in New Zealand are supported to solve problems, process information, work with others, create and innovate. The New Zealand education system and national qualifications are well renoun throughout the world and ranked best in world at preparing students for the future [Future Index].

New Zealand has three types of secondary school: 

  • state schools, where 85% of Kiwi children go
  • state-integrated schools, which may be run by religious faith or use specialist teaching methods
  • private schools. 

Marlboroough Girls' College is a high-performing state secondary school offering deep and rich learning for girls in Year 9 (12-13year old) to Year 13 (17-18years old).

Students at secondary school - also know as high schools or colleges - work towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Secondary schools also offer some vocational subjects, such as tourism and computing. 

NCEA are well regarded and accepted as entry to university throughout the world, including The States, Austrialia and the UK. NCEA level 3 is broadly equivalents to: 

  • A-level in the UK
  • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education in Australia. 

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