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Scots College

Scots College is an independent Presbyterian boys’ day and boarding school, Years 1-13. Founded in 1916, the College has a proud history and reputation for providing a world-class education. From 2020 Scots College Senior School is welcoming girls in Years 11, 12 and 13.

At Scots students are provided with an individualised education in a safe and nurturing environment where they can thrive now and in the future. The College views the curriculum holistically encouraging students to get involved in College life through the wide range of opportunities available to develop their potential in academia, sport, culture, service and spirituality.

The College is comprised of three schools; Preparatory (Years 1-6), Middle (Years 7-10) and Senior (Years 11-13) and is an authorised IB World School. The IB programmes are an integral part of the school’s ethos and focus on providing a global education that allows students to become global citizens who are collaborative, think creatively, reason critically and communicate effectively.

For Years 12 and 13 students the Senior School offers a dual pathway curriculum of either NCEA or the IB Diploma Programme. Over 90% of Scots College students gain university entrance each year, with pass-rates and endorsements making it one of the top performing academic schools in New Zealand. Scots College 2017 Dux Andrew Tang received the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence as the Top National Scholar for his outstanding Scholarship results.

Scots College has first class facilities with industry standard technology on its Strathmore campus. A short 10 minute drive to central Wellington and two minutes from the airport.

A key focus at the College is to ensure students are well prepared for life after school. That as well as providing the necessary knowledge they are also equipped with the soft skills required to be successful now and in their futures such as emotional intelligence, social intelligence and cultural intelligence. Core competencies for all students are transferable skills, digital preparedness and well-being strategies.

To further prepare students for their future Scots College Senior School has introduced a Year 11 curriculum that increases the opportunities for teaching and learning and allows for greater emphasis on developing these transferable skills. From 2020, the Senior School will be welcoming girls in Years 11, 12 and 13 changing to a co-educational Senior School, providing a foundation for realistic, meaningful and lasting adult relationships. The Prep and Middle Schools remain boys only as the College considers students at this age are best served by a single sex environment.


All students are allocated to one of eight Houses with a Dean and tutor for each year level. The House system provides students with a pastoral care system, leadership and service opportunities alongside regular fun inter-house competitions.

Scots offers a wide range of sporting options with a dedicated team of specialised staff and facilities including a High Performance Athletes’ Academy and sports clubs for individual codes. The Scots College Football Academy has club football relationships both nationally and internationally including the Wellington Phoenix Academy and San Jose Earthquakes optimising potential for its footballers’ futures.

The Performing Arts Programme enables students to take part in extensive choral and instrumental programmes and develop skills and experience in Drama activities.

The College Pipe Band has members from Years 9 to 13. The Band performs at College functions and is invited to play at many special occasions in the City. They have an enviable competition record.

International Students
Scots College has over 60 International Students. These students stay in the Boarding House or in Homestay accommodation, arranged by the College. Those who are proficient in English take part in the full academic programme whilst students requiring English language assistance are enrolled in the College ESOL programme.

In conjunction with other leading NZ Girls’ Independent Schools International Students can join the StudyCare programme. This first-class care and experience programme allows international students to experience New Zealand culture and helps them settle into life in Wellington New Zealand.

The College has boarding facilities for 100 students from Year 9 to Year 13. Boarders are closely involved in all facets of College life and develop independence, maturity, leadership skills and lasting friendships. The on-site boarding houses allow students access to the College’s facilities after hours and on weekends. 2012