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Scots College

Scots College

PO Box 15064, Strathmore, Wellington, 6243, New Zealand

+64 4 388 0850



Scots College
School type Boys' Boarding & Day, Co-educational Sixth Form
Founded 1916
Status Private
Headmaster Mr Graeme Yule
Language of Instruction English
Girls Age Range 15-18 (from 2020)
Boys Age Range 5-18
Number of pupils 870
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Mr Mike McKnight
MYP Coordinator Ms Kate Bondett
PYP Coordinator Mr Mike Hansen
Associations IB

Scots College is an independent Presbyterian boys' day and boarding school, Years 1-13, located in Wellington, New Zealand. The College has recently announced the change to introduce girls into its Senior School in Years 11 to 13 from 2020. This decision comes as part of the College's reflection to ensure it continues to provide students with an education that best equips them for their futures.


Founded in 1916, Scots College has a proud history and reputation for providing a world-class education. The rigorous academic curriculum is supported by a diverse range of sporting, cultural, service and leadership opportunities, enabling each student to reach their potential in all aspects of their lives.


Wellington is the capital of New Zealand - a harbour city at the heart of government, the centre of business, home to international embassies and renowned for its vibrant city culture and cosmopolitan population of 180,000 centrally, and 450,000 within the region. The Scots College campus is located in the suburb of Strathmore, just ten mins drive to the central city, two mins to the airport and neighbours the suburb of Miramar (home to the now world-famous film studios, Weta Workshop, makers of The Lord of The Rings).

School Structure

The college is comprised of three schools; preparatory (Years 1-6), middle (Years 7-10) and senior (Years 11-13) and is an authorized 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 flourish now and in the future as global citizens who are collaborative, think creatively, reason critically and communicate effectively.

Education Qualifications

Scots College is unique in providing a dual pathway education in the senior school (Years 12-13); where students can choose to study via either the IB Diploma Programme or New Zealand's National Certificate of Education Achievement system (NCEA), in which Scots College achieved a 97% Level 3 NCEA pass rate and 97% university entrance achievement rate in 2016 - an outstanding achievement.

International Language Programmes

In 2017 Scots College will teach Chinese, Spanish, English and French. Additional language courses (eg Te reo Maori) are also available by correspondence.

Boarding School

The boarding school (Years 7-13) provides accommodation and care for 100 students annually and is at the centre of the school community.

International Student Care Programme

There are currently over 40 international students at Scots College and over 40 nationalities are represented within the school community. In addition, international students have their own first class care and experience programme which looks after them from the moment they arrive and includes opportunities for national travel and social activities that enhance their classroom education.