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Secondary and primary education providers

Wellington is full of excellent schooling choices, from primary education for young children through to secondary schooling for teenagers.

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Primary and secondary schools are the second level of education in New Zealand and Wellington has a number of excellent schooling options to choose from.

Many children go to a school close to where they live, and many schools have an enrolment scheme called zoning. If you live in an area close to a school (the school’s zone), your child is guaranteed to get a place at that school. If you want your child to go to a school outside the area where you live, you may have to apply and a place is not guaranteed.

To help you with planning where to send your children, we've pulled together a list of some of Wellington's excellent single-sex and co-educational schooling options that are available. 


Co-educational schools

Heretaunga College

Hutt Valley High School

Kapiti College

Newlands College

Onslow College

Ōtaki College

Upper Hutt College

Wellington High School

Wainuiomata High School

Wairarapa College

Paraparaumu College

Paraparaumu College is a co-educational state secondary school situated north of Wellington on the Kapiti Coast. It is known for academic excellence and high levels of scholarships for students going on to tertiary studies. A strong sports and arts extra mural programme is offered to students and all students are offered the chance to learn te reo Māori and tikanga (traditional Māori customs).


Boys' schools

Rathkeale College

Scots College

St Bernard's College

St Patrick's College

Wellington College


Girls' schools

Chilton Saint James School

Queen Margaret College

Sacred Heart College

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

St Catherine's College

St Matthew's Collegiate School

Wellington East Girls' College

Wellington Girls' College


Primary schools

Chilton Saint James School

Kelburn Normal School

South Wellington Intermediate

Thorndon School

Queen Margaret College

Scots College

St Bernard's College

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School


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