Why St Paul’s?

St Paul’s Collegiate School has a reputation for getting the best from its students and for consistently achieving some of New Zealand’s highest academic results.

We make no apologies for setting high expectations. We want each and every one of our students to achieve personal bests in all areas of their school life. More than often, these expectations are set much higher than other secondary schools – and our students deliver.

The school has a national profile for innovation, is a leader in the Agribusiness area and operates an outdoor education experience for its Year 10 students at its Tihoi Venture School.

While our strongest focus is ensuring our students are achieving their potential in their academic studies, so too is our focus on developing good character in every young man and woman.

Through our Character Education programme, ‘Over the Fence’ community service initiative, chapel programme and our promotion of an understanding of the importance of emotional intelligence, we are striving to prepare St Paul’s students to be resilient, agile and contributing members of society.

With a roll of around 815 students, each student is known personally and regarded as an integral part of the community. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 20 students. Restricting the number of students in each class allows teachers to tailor their approach to each student’s learning ability. This teaching method and St Paul’s value for individual learning has proven to be successful in improving students' academic results.

Through teachers who are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching; a pastoral care system that recognises the highs, lows, strengths and weaknesses of each student; and peer support that forms a sense of belonging only a small educational environment can provide – we believe boys and girls thrive at St Paul’s.