English Language Requirements

English Language Lessons English language lessons are compulsory for international students and are part of daily lessons. We have a full time, permanently staffed English Language (EL) department and there is no extra fee for the English Language programme.

There is no formal English language requirement at Wellington High School and most students’ English language skills are assessed when they arrive. They are then placed into as many classes as they need to improve their language as quickly as possible to be able to join more of the mainstream classes.

New Zealand Assessment Pathway: National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

  • Includes the Level 3 University Entrance qualification which is recognised by many countries, including the United States, Britain and Australia.
  • There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. In general, students work through Levels 1 to 3 in Years 11 to 13 at school.
  • There is flexibility in which level students can work at.

Non-NCEA School Experience

  • This is for students who don’t need New Zealand educational qualification who are here for up to 12 months
  • Students are in class with others who are sitting NCEA and are expected to complete all class assignments and school exams
  • There is a three week end of year fun activity programme for senior students exploring Wellington and regions.

Year 9 (13 – 14 Years)

English, Mathematics, Science, Te reo Māori, Social Studies, Health & PE, Digital Technologies, A language, Two taster courses per term.

Year 10 (14 – 15 Years)

English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health & PE, Digital Technologies, and four other subjects (either half year or full year)

Year 11 (15 – 17 Years) – NCEA Level 1

Six Subjects which must include: English or Classics, Mathematics, and any four other subjects

Year 12 (16 – 18 Years) – NCEA Level 2

English plus four or five other subjects

Year 12 (17 – 19 Years) – NCEA Level 3

Five or six subjects

Co-curricular activities

International students are expected to get involved in at least one sport or cultural club and there are a large number to choose from! The school offers access to everything from debating, Model UN and feminist club to Shakespeare Society, environmental group, kapa haka and the Star Trek club.

Sports include football, netball, hockey, rowing, futsal, underwater hockey, volleyball, badminton and much much more. Check out the full list of co-curricular activities.