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Excellence Encouraged, Achievement Rewarded

Taking every child to the heights of their potential.


We are committed to helping each child achieve the very best possible in academic knowledge, practical skills and godliness of character.  The achievements of our students have been recognised nationally and internationally through examinations and competitions across the breadth of the curriculum.

Carey College student in front of computer
First in the World in Science & Mathematics

Rennie was first in the world in two Cambridge International Examinations in the same year:  First in the World in IGCSE Science, and First in the World in AS Mathematics.  She also took first place in New Zealand for AS Chemistry that year.

It is a mistake to think high standards means excellence for the academically able and everyone else struggles.  


Excellence the Carey College way means helping all pupils improve and extend skills and knowledge according to their own gifts and calling.  Achievement in practical subjects such as woodwork and horticulture is valued as highly as achievement in science and the arts.  


Because students are not streamed but have individualised goals and courses, each child’s learning can be balanced to extend them according to their gifts.

Carey College student with mangroves project
First in New Zealand Science & World Award for Photography 

Andrew won the New Zealand Science Fair with original research about mangroves and represented New Zealand at the Intel International Science Fair in the United States where he won the Kodak Award for Use of Photography in Science. 

Carey College student getting an award
First in New Zealand Computing

Jonathan is presented an award by Cambridge International Examinations for gaining first place in New Zealand in Cambridge A Level Computing.

Carey College students doing science experiments
Top Cambridge School

The University of Cambridge has repeatedly awarded Carey College its Top Centre Certificate and Top Cambridge School Award.


As an Associate Cambridge School registered by the University of Cambridge we teach a unified, international curriculum giving children a seamless progression all the way through their schooling  from Year 1 to Year 13, and qualifications recognised for their excellence by employers and universities world-wide. 


Our small size is one of the greatest factors contributing to consistent excellence.  It is easy to overlook the flexibility of a small school, falsely imagining that bigger schools can offer greater subject selection and success.  Because our Senior College is set up to teach classes of 1-5 students, we can offer all the subjects in the curriculum with no timetabled limits on which subjects go with each other (a normal restriction in larger schools).

Carey College student playing a wind instrument
First in New Zealand Music

Emily was a finalist (ie Joint First Place) in the national Tower Young Composer Competition, performing her Diversions with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington.


Carey College student graduating
First in New Zealand Divinity

Michael (seen here being presented his award) is one of a number of Carey College students to top New Zealand in Cambridge Divinity in their year.


Carey College student posing with book
Multiple Auckland & NZ Science Fair Awards
Carey College student with qualifications
First in Auckland University History Competition

Sara won the University of Auckland History Writing Competition and Scholarship.


Carey College student happy
First in New Zealand Communication Skills

Stewart was awarded the Highest Mark in New Zealand for Trinity Guild Grade 8 Communciation Skills along with other speach-making awards.


Carey College has earned an enviable reputation for excellence in Auckland Regional and New Zealand National Science Fairs.  As well as numerous Premier Awards, and 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in major categories, we have also been encouraged by students winning special awards, such as Alisha (pictured) winning the Geology Prize for her study of the behaviour of various sand types around the Auckland Region. 


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