Queen Margaret College


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Queen Margaret College


An IB World School with a dual qualification pathway of either IB Diploma or NCEA.

Queen Margaret College is Wellington’s leading, independent girls’ school, providing education for students from Year 1 to 13 with a co-educational Pre-School. This International Baccalaureate (IB) World School delivers the curriculum continuum of the three IB Programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The curriculum fits closely with the holistic philosophy and international vision of the College. The school is the largest, independent girls’ school in Wellington and the only girls’ school in the lower North Island offering a dual qualification pathway of either the internationally recognised IB Diploma or New Zealand’s credential, The National Certificate of Education (NCEA).

Inner City Location

Our location in a heritage building in inner-city Thorndon, provides ready access to all that a cosmopolitan capital city offers. We celebrate the cultural diversity of our students and that we are situated close to embassies, high commissions and Parliament which is feature of the school from early in its history. The perspective gained here is culturally rich and internationally-minded.

A 21st Century School in a Traditional Setting

Established in 1919, the fine tradition of Presbyterian education with its strong academic emphasis is still the foundation of the College. We continue to be a leader in girls’ education and enjoy a reputation for outstanding academic results. The College is future focused with technology integrated throughout the curriculum equipping students for today’s digital world. The facilities at the college are purpose built to support our learning such as our gym, fitness room, an auditorium for music and performances and a new purpose built co-educational Pre-School.

Queen Margaret House

The College will also offer onsite student accommodation from 2018 for Year 9 – 13. The boarding house will have forty-four rooms and will be the only girls’ school in Wellington offering such accommodation to its students.  

Extracurricular Opportunities

The students have numerous opportunities for involvement, high-level performance and leadership through sporting and cultural activities and extensive exchange programmes with sister schools. The College has over 100 sports teams participating in a wide range of sports to suit every student. There are options for social and competitive levels. Students can join a number of musical groups and participate in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, debating, theatre-sports and the annual joint musical production with Scots College. Queen Margaret College also has an extensive exchange programme with sister schools from Chile, Tahiti, France, Australia, China, Europe, USA and Japan encouraging language development and global citizenship.

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