2018 Student Achievement

July 24, 2019

I am pleased to report to the Wellington College community on student achievement for national qualifications in 2018.

At Wellington College, we have always used ‘roll-based’ data for both setting targets and reporting on results. This ensures that every single student who attends Wellington College in Years 11-13 is included in the statistics for their level (i.e. Year 11 – NCEA Level 1, Year 12 – NCEA Level 2and Year 13 – NCEA Level 3).

Achievement Highlights

One of the highlights of 2018 was the exceptional success of Wellington College students in the NZ Scholarship Awards.  Scholarships are reserved for the top 3% of Year 13 students across New Zealand in each subject area. Wellington College’s students gained a total of 108 awards. 50 individual students attained Scholarships in 18 different subjects. 8 awards were gained at ‘Outstanding’ level.  ‘Outstanding’ awards are given to the top 0.3% of Year 13 students in each subject area.  These results continue Wellington College’s remarkable record of success in these prestigious examinations.  Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers who experienced Scholarship success in 2018.

The 2018 overall results of Wellington College students in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were also exceptional and significantly higher than the average for boys at all decile 10 schools.  91.4% of Wellington College’s Year 11 students gained NCEA Level 1 (compared with 77.8% for all boys in decile 10 schools); 95.7% of Wellington College’s Year 12 students gained NCEA Level 2 (compared with 82.8% for all boys in decile 10 schools); and 92.2% of Wellington College’s Year 13 students gained NCEA Level 3 (compared with 77.7% for all boys in decile 10 schools).

Wellington College’s Māori students gained each level of the NCEA at a rate in excess of the average for all boys in decile 10 schools, with 78.6% of Year 11 students gaining NCEA Level 1, 93.8% of Year 12 students gaining NCEA Level 2, and 91.4% of Year 13 students gaining NCEA Level 3.

92.3% of Wellington College’s Year 13 Pacific students gained NCEA Level 3.  This was higher than the average achievement rate for all boys in decile 10 schools. While the results of Year 11 and 12 Pacific students were slightly below the average for all boys in decile 10 schools, their achievement rate was significantly higher than the average for Pacific boys at other decile 10 schools, with 76.9% gaining Level 1 (compared with 62.3%) and 82.1% gaining NCEA Level 2 (compared with 68.9%).

78.8% of all Year 13 students gained University Entrance in 2018.  This compares very favourably with the average for boys in all decile 10 schools, which in 2018 was 66.2%.

Continued Areas of Focus

While at most levels of the NCEA, Wellington College’s Māori and Pacific students achieved at a level that is similar to students from all other ethnic groups, there remains an achievement gap when it comes to University Entrance.  In 2018, this was particularly the case for Pacific students, with 38.5% gaining University Entrance (compared with 78.8% for all students).  It was disappointing that we were unable to maintain or improve on the result from 2017 when 59.1% of Year 13 Pacific students gained University Entrance.  The closing of these gaps continues to be a major focus for Wellington College.  Our Māori and Pacific Achievement Plans outline our strategy for achieving equity in this and other areas.  You can view these plans here.

You can find out more about achievement at Wellington College via www.nzqa.govt.nz and www.educationcounts.govt.nz.  Our achievement targets for 2019 are contained within our Charter, which you can view here.

Gregor Fountain (Principal)