Academic overview

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. 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. Teachers wish to see students graduate from St Paul’s equipped to deal with the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century. They will have gained multidisciplinary knowledge and skills along with becoming responsible citizens in a local, national and global sense.

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.

In addition, our Learning Enhancement Unit (LEU) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provide superb individualised support for students to be provided with the necessary skills to maximise their potential. The expert tutorship and expertise of teacher-aides, reader writers and learning support staff ensure that success is always within reach.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Year 9

Students follow a compulsory core of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health, Materials Technology, Design and Visual Communication and Religious Education as well as a language of their choice. In addition, students sample Music, Drama, Art and Digital Technology option subjects.

Year 10

Students spend half of the school year at the Hamilton campus and half the year at Tihoi Venture School. At the main campus, they follow a core of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health and Enterprise Studies/Athlete Development. In addition to this, they choose two additional options from the Arts, Languages and Technologies.

At Tihoi the boys follow English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science in addition to an intensive outdoor programme taking part in the unique opportunities and experiences that Tihoi provides.