Our culture of “Personal Excellence” has given every boy in our school the help and support needed to be inspired to fulfil his potential. This is reflected in our NCEA and Scholarship results, with our academic programme leading the way. Consisting of individualised learning programmes, stand-alone Scholarship classes, a Scholarship Club and a culture that promotes self-belief and self-drive it is not difficult to see why.
To gain Scholarship is to be recognised as one of the top 3% of students in a subject field. To gain an Outstanding Scholarship is to be recognised as one of the top 0.3% of students in a subject field. In “real numbers” in the larger subjects this is the equivalent of being in the top 300 or top 30 respectively in the country. A Top Scholar award is given to the best performing student in the country in the subject field each year. A Premier Award is granted to those who achieve results placing them in the top 10 students in the country each year.
In 2020 King’s was the top performer in NZQA Scholarships in Otago and Southland, in the top four in the South Island overall, in the top seven among boys’ schools in New Zealand. We had 17 individual Scholarship winners across 17 different subjects gaining 31 Scholarship passes in 2020.
In 2019 King's High School gained 52 scholarships, nine of which were Outstanding, placing us in the top two schools in the South Island. With three Outstanding Scholarship passes in Calculus, Chemistry and Statistics, and Scholarship passes in English and Physics, George Bates, Head boy at King’s in 2021 was named as one of the 2019 Premier Award winners. This is awarded to the top 12 students nationwide.
Not only does this reflect the calibre and work ethic of our students but also the depth of talent we have within our staff.