The NZ Education System

The New Zealand Education System

Westland High School includes Years 7 – 13.

In bigger centres Years 7 – 8 are separate schools called Intermediate Schools. Westland High School is delighted to have them as junior students in our school.

High Schools offer five years of study.  They comprise of Year 9 – 13.

Years 9 and 10 – Westland High School combines these levels and provide a trimester programme. The middle school programme offers students a broad range of subjects across the curriculum. This enables students to explore many subjects before they decide which subjects to focus on in the senior school.

Years 11 – 13 are the senior high school levels where external, national qualifications are undertaken. The senior programme offers students choice in the subjects they would like to study further after completing high school. Senior students will have NCEA examinations for each year of senior high school as well as numerous class assessments throughout the school year. Those wishing to attend university have the academic goal of the attainment of NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance in Year 13.

Please click here for more detailed information on New Zealand’s National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Please click here for further information on studying at a New Zealand secondary school for an international student.

Please click here for more information on gaining equivalency for Abitur (Germany) or Mattayom 6 (Thailand).


School news

  • 23 Jul

    New Website for Westland High School

    After a lot of hard work and content preparation, we are delighted to make our new website live for Term 3 2018.

  • 12 May

    Hospitality – Lions Dinner Catering

    Tarm Tumahai and Hannah Kelsen, two of our Level 2 Hospitality students, volunteered to serve the meal at this...

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  • 11 May

    Bake Sale – Blue Penguin Trust

    This trimester, Mrs Cunningham’s year 7/8 class has been studying sustainability in social studies class...

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  • 11 May

    Students from France arrive

    Westland High School welcomes six students from France for nine weeks this term.

  • 08 May

    Year 13 Career Trip

    On the 10-11th of May a group of year 13’s, accompanied by the French Exchange Students, went to Christchurc...

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