Academic pathways

St Cuthbert’s students have a reputation for obtaining exceptional academic results. With both National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and International Baccalaureate (IB) qualifications on offer, no matter your daughter’s academic aspirations and interests, our approach to teaching means that our students gain the tools to become adaptable, forward-thinking, life-long learners.

With these essential life skills, our students go on to pursue a wide range of tertiary studies and careers, both nationally and overseas.

All girls complete Level 1 NCEA and then choose either to continue on the NCEA pathway at Level 2 or begin the two year IB Diploma Programme. Both courses give girls the opportunity to gain university entrance in New Zealand and are recognised overseas.


The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main qualification for all high school students in New Zealand. Students work throughout the year to attain credits towards Level 1 in Year 11, Level 2 in Year 12 and Level 3 in Year 13. NCEA is designed to recognise a broad range of achievement, and record that achievement in a way that is more informative to learners, parents and employers. It provides a comprehensive record of what students achieve while they are at school and is a launching pad for ongoing learning.

Find out more about NCEA at St Cuthbert’s    Download NCEA PDF

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate is offered at high schools around the world and the IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous two year course for students in Year 12 and 13. The programme emphasises the importance of high academic standards, the international value of knowledge, critical thinking, active citizenship and cultural understanding.

Find out more about IB at St Cuthbert’s Download IB PDF

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Whilst we are extraordinarily proud of every girl who performs well in her academic pursuits, we recognise that academic results aren’t the only measure of success. In addition to ensuring that our students are as equally prepared for their exams as they are for the real world, St Cuthbert’s believes that developing happy, engaged and enthusiastic learners begins with knowing each girl individually.