NCEA REsults are out.  And Metro Magazine has written their infamous article on who’s got the best schools – and the good news there is some strong performers out West and a few of our schools are showing great  improvement.

NCEA results are far from a perfect measure.  But that’s our national standard, and it was the measure   John Key’s political PR machine used when  tooting the horn of the rockstar rise of Selwyn college.

But closer to home and without government intervention,Decile 5 Liston Colleges 2013 NCEA results are comparable to Selwyns.  LIston’s results are boxing well above their decile ranking rivalling  many of Auckland’s fancier Decile 10 and Private Schools.

Our other intermediate option Decile 8 Glen Eden Intermediate has 2012 National Standards that are well above the National Average.  Beating out decile 10 Takapuna Intermediate and Pt Chevalier’s Pasadena Intermediate.

NCEA  results don’t tell the whole story about a school.  So do your own investigation.  But from the NCEA measures, our school options are looking up.


NCEA 2013 (and in brackets percent up or down from 2012.)

(L1 = Year 11, L2 = Year12 , L3 = Year 13 , UE = University Entrance)

* Re-keyed from the NZ Herald Article.  Full newspaper scan here or link to raw data here.   West schools in red.







Liston College



93.9 (+1.8)

95.4 (+9.3)

98.6 (7.6)

82.6 (-1.6)

Selwyn College


92.6 (+8.7)

94.2 (+7.5)

90.2 (+7.7)

80.2 (+4)

Westlake Boys


92.5 (+1.3)

89.4 (+2.2)

88.5 (+9.5)

74.3 (+8.2)

Takapuna Grammar


88.8 (+8.5)

83.9 (-4.3)

83.1 (+1.6)

79.7 (-2.6)

Kristin School


94.8 (-.1)

96.5 (-1)

89 (+.8)

89 (+.8)

Henderson High School


87.5 (-1.9)

90.4 (+3.1)

78.5 (+3.5)

57.1 (+5.4)

Green Bay 


83.5 (+11.4)

81.2 ( -2.5)

65.9 (-9.4)

56.9 (-13.4)

Avondale College


78.8 (+3.7)

87.5 (+6.7)

79.9 (+8.3)

78.9 (+12.3)

Waitakere College



76 (+11.2)

67.5 ( +10.7)

67.5 (+11.6)

Birkenhead college


80.5 (+4.4)

80.1 (-12.8)

73.3 (+.3)

62 (-2)

Glenfield College


67.2 (-9.3)

78.6 (+5.4)

72.5 (-6.9)

63.2 (.5)

Auckland Grammar


46.1 (+37.8)

79 (+2.1)

66.4 (+1.4)

54.9 (-15.7)

King’s College


78.5 (-2.5)

92.1 (-7.3)

86.8 (7.6)

83.7 (9.7)

Other local schools, besides Liston, also have some good results.  Henderson’s early NCEA  results are high but begin to  tail of at L3 and the UE results are a bit low.  Is our UE result because kids are going into jobs or trades?  Or maybe that’s an area to work on.    But Henderson  has some good strong results in those first years particularly and the new grounds and presentation of the school have transformed it.  Avondale College’s NCEA is not as good as Henderson High but it’s  UE results stay high and beat out Westlake Boys.  And Waitakere College has got double figure  growth – which if it keeps trending like that could quickly put them as high as their competitors.

Metro Magazine says There are many very good schools, and our data this year points to progress in several schools that have struggled in recent years. Green Bay High School last year raised its UE pass rates to a level in line with its decile 8 status, while Henderson High School under new principal Mike Purcell and Kelston Boys under Brian Evans also both appear to be turning things around.”


 Intermediate school’s  use National Standards, not NCEA.  Stuff has a website called School Report where you can choose and compare school results.   Although National Standards are not moderated outside the school so it is not as reliable a measure.  But It also gives other data like how many students, how much funding they get per child, the cultural mix, and how many international students.

Decile 8, Glen Eden Intermediate’s National Standard results were well above standard.  Glen Eden accepts in zone and out of zone entrolments,  and   Beating out Takapuna Normal Intermediate and Pasadena (Pt Chevalier).  It’s got a roll of 956. Annual funding of $4.4 million – which means funding  $4398 per child.  One mum who was heavily involved with the school,  said her child was academically gifted and interested in technology, and she said Glen Eden  were catering very well for his special interests..

Decile 3 Bruce McClaren’s results are not as strong. .  But it has many advantages.  It has a small role of 242  and a higher funding per child of $6,613.97.  One Kare Kare mum told me she chose the school as she felt the smaller size gave it a more family feeling and you wouldn’t get lost in the system.  She was very happy with the school and said they were well resourced.

Finally, School report says the best thing you can do is visit the schools and talk to the teachers.  Visit their website and read their ERO reports. And then chose a school that matches your families values and your childs needs and interests.