Region's high schools' NZQA results pleasing

19:43, Apr 08 2014

South Canterbury high schools outperformed the national average in NCEA results for 2013.

The results released by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) showed that as a region, South Canterbury had more pupils than the national average who gained achieved and merit status, fewer who did not achieve pass status, and slightly fewer who achieved excellence.

A spokesperson for NZQA said the only anomaly was the group of nine Timaru Boys' High pupils who had not achieved University Entrance due to them doing a Gateway programme. The programme entailed subjects, such as construction and agriculture, which did not have a University Entrance eligibility element to them.

Timaru Girls' High principal Sarah Davis said although she was pleased with the overall performance of the school, she believed including the 10 pupils from the teen parent unit in the statistics skewed their results.

Davis said she is proud the school has the teen parents attending, but their circumstances meant they did not have the same time and energy to put into their schooling as the other girls.

"The statistics don't read as a true and accurate record," she said.


Craighead Diocesan principal Lindy Graham said she was very happy with how her pupils had performed.

"The results continue to be very strong because we know the girls very well. They are very strong and reflect the calibre of girls who consistently achieve across all fields," Mrs Graham said.

Meanwhile Twizel Area School principal Bill Feasy said he was really pleased with the level two results as all pupils passed. Level three results were a good strong group and level one was a "mixed bag".

Timaru Boys' High rector Nick McIvor was pleased with the results, but as he has only been at the school since the beginning of this year he intended to use the results to form education strategies.

"Academic achievement remains our priority," McIvor said.

Opihi College principal Mike Wright said they had not only outperformed the national average, they had achieved well above average for their decile ranking. Wright attributed that to the school's small classes and the high calibre of staff.

The principals of Mackenzie College, Mountainview, Roncalli and Waimate all said they were happy with their results.

The Timaru Herald