Academics – senior school

St Paul’s Collegiate School offers students the opportunity to complete dual qualifications that are tailored to their academic ability and career prerequisites.

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. Academic Scholarship is for high-achieving students, providing them with recognition and monetary rewards in their final years of schooling.

St Paul’s prides itself on making the students’ experience a fulfilling one. Having small class sizes enables teachers to form strong relationships and deliver programmes that meet students’ academic needs and expectations.

Our approach to this sees innovation in teaching and learning, multifaceted approaches for learners, and technology seamlessly integrated into learning and assessment. It is also pivotal at St Paul’s that excellence is rewarded and celebrated, with excellence evidenced by academic success.

Year 11

In 2024, there will be changes to what our students learn and how student learning will be assessed in Years 11 at St Paul’s. Our new programme of learning and its associated assessment framework will be commonly referred to as contributing to the St Paul’s Diploma.

Year 12

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.

Year 13

Students generally take five subjects and are offered NCEA Level 3. They are also provided with the opportunity to sit Scholarship.

Writer’s Toolbox

St Paul’s uses an online web-based essay writing programme called Writer’s Toolbox in both the junior and senior school. Click here for more information.