New Zealand families can choose between state and integrated schools (Government funded), or private schools (fee funded).

More Māori and Māori-speaking teachers are needed in all schools, as are teachers from Pasifika cultures. Demand for specialist teachers changes from year to year. 

Types of Secondary Schools

  • A typical secondary school in New Zealand educates students from year 9 to the end of year 13, an age range of 13 to 18.
  • Area or composite schools educate students from year 1 to year 13, age range 5 to 18.
  • Middle schools educate students from year 7 to year 10, age range 11 to 14.

School organisation

  • In secondary schools, students are usually grouped in form or home classes for administrative purposes, such as roll call.
  • In years 9 and 10, typically students stay as a form or home class to study their core subjects, but split into different classes for their options.
  • At senior level - years 11, 12 and 13 - students go to different teachers for each subject they have chosen to study.
  • Most secondary schools operate between around 8.45am to 3.15pm.

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