St Paul’s offers New Zealand’s National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
Senior students are also offered the opportunity to sit New Zealand Scholarship examinations in addition to NCEA and CIE. Scholarship is for high-achieving students, providing them with recognition and monetary rewards in their final years of schooling.
In terms of preparing students for their secondary school qualifications, the School has a policy on small class sizes of less than 20, allowing for individual learning and one-on-one time between teacher and student. Smaller class sizes also means that our teachers are able to tailor their teaching method to suit the needs of each individual student, ensuring that they continue to improve academically, performing to the best of their ability.
In addition to St Paul’s personalised teaching approach, the School also provides a Learning Resources Unit (LRU) and English as a Second Language (ESOL) support to students who require a little extra help to achieve their best.
Co-educational senior school (Year 11-13)
In senior years, students can work at different levels depending on their academic ability and career prerequisites.
At the highest academic level, Year 13, selected students enter the School’s Scholarship Group based on their academic achievements in the previous year. In special circumstances Year 12 students are chosen to enter the group, based on outstanding achievements in Year 11.
Dual qualifications are offered to students; NCEA Level 1 and Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). English, Mathematics and a Science subject are compulsory and up to two Science subjects can be taken. Year 11 students take six subjects for the academic year.
Students are offered a full range of NCEA Level 2 and Cambridge International Advanced Subsidiary (AS) in Mathematics and English. Students may also be offered the opportunity to sit Scholarship. English along with an additional four or five subjects can be taken during this year.
Students generally take five subjects and are offered NCEA Level 3. They are also provided with the opportunity to sit Scholarship.
Boys only junior school (Years 9-10)
In Years 9 and 10 students are offered a well-structured programme that prepares them for their future study in the senior school.
Students follow a compulsory core of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Religious Education as well as a language of their choice. In addition students sample Music, Drama, Art and Technology option subjects.
Students spend half of the school year at the main campus and half the year at Tihoi Venture School. At the main campus they follow the same core as in Year 9 but choose two subject options and a language.
At Tihoi the boys follow the same core but do not take part in their chosen subjects or language option. Instead they spend their time taking part in the unique opportunities and experiences that the outdoor centre provides.
During Year 10 students also have the opportunity to gain credits towards NCEA Level 1, primarily in English, Mathematics and Science. Some students are given the opportunity to work towards a CIE IGCSE qualification through Global Perspectives.