Schools do well in NCEA
Southern secondary schools are punching well above the average when it comes to NCEA, figures show.
Figures from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority show 22 out of 25 schools in the Southland, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes area beat the national pass rates in at least one NCEA level last year.
Twelve southern schools performed better than the national average across all three levels.
Only three schools - Aurora College, Menzies College and Waiau Area School - achieved below the national average in all three levels.
The results are an improvement on 2012, when only eight schools performed better than the national average and four schools achieved below the national average, across all levels.
Southern schools have historically performed well against national rates and this year the data highlights the consistent pass rates achieved by many provincial and area schools.
Fiordland College principal Lynlee Smith said she was very pleased with how the school had performed during last year's NCEA.
The school had received a letter yesterday from Education Minister Hekia Parata, congratulating it on its achievement and its improvement during the past two years, she said.
Smith credited the good results to small class sizes, found in many provincial schools, along with the extra effort put in by teachers identifying and supporting pupils in danger of not achieving.
St Peter's College principal Kate Nicholson said the Gore school's results represented lots of hard work from teaching staff, pupils and their families.
There was a good level of collaboration between Southland secondary schools, meaning all pupils in the region got the "best deal", she said.
However, the results should not be used by parents to rate schools, in place of assessing the school's environment and quality of teaching, Nicholson said.
Even for schools that did not meet the national average, the results brought some good news.
Despite falling below the national pass rate across all levels, Aurora College, Menzies College and Waiau Area School improved on their 2012 pass rates.
Te Wharekura O Arowhenua in Invercargill, which in 2012 achieved below the national average across all three levels, performed better than the average in NCEA level two last year.
The Southland Times