Education in New Zealand

There are several choices within the education system in New Zealand. Most pupils will attend state schools, which are funded and run by the government. While there are no fees to attend a state school, there may be other costs involved, such as some exam fees, the cost of school uniform and school trips. Trips and events that are part of the core curriculum have to be made available to all pupils even if any additional costs are not paid. Those that are not compulsory may not be available to pupils if any fees are not paid.

State integrated schools provide education to around 10% of pupils in New Zealand. These are schools that are considered to have a ‘special character’. Often they are schools that are affiliated to a particular religion, or which subscribe to a specialised method of education. This type of education is also paid for by the government but there are often ‘attendance fees’ to pay as well. This money will help to ensure that the quality of the facilities remains high.

Private schools in New Zealand account for less than 5% of all pupils. Some are single sex schools, some are mixed and some will offer boarding for students who are unable to live at home during term time. There is no government funding available for this type of school and fees can be very high although they do vary for each school. Occasionally, there may be financial assistance available to you.

Schools in New Zealand run a variety of extra-curricular activities for pupils, most of which are after school programs. Children can take part in a variety of sporting and cultural activities. There are also usually many educational trips run by each school that are designed to support the curriculum and broaden the horizons of the pupils.