We are proud of the achievements of our young men in their  Scholarships examinations. These represent the highest level of  achievement possible in a New Zealand secondary school, and we encourage  all of our students to enter them if they are interested. In 2017, our  students achieved 151 Scholarships, the fourth highest total in New  Zealand, including 20 Outstanding Scholarships.  We are committed to  ensuring that our students continue to achieve at the highest levels in the future.

What are Scholarship awards?

They are awards rather than qualifications, which means that there  are a limited number available [around 3% of the national entry for most  university-approved subjects at NCEA Level 3], and that candidates are  therefore competing against each other for recognition.  The top 1% of  students who achieve Scholarships in a subject are awarded an  Outstanding Scholarship.

Full details of Scholarship are available on the NZQA website at

At Westlake, we have an established programme to ensure that our most  academically able students are given the full support they need to  achieve:


The Scholarship programme should be consistent with the principles of  the Academic Institute pathway. That is to say: it should seek to  engage and enthuse more able students through a stimulating and  challenging academic programme.

The Scholarship programme is therefore far more than an exercise in  helping students to pass Scholarship examinations at the end of Year 13.  It is a chance to broaden and extend the education of our most able  students.

Taught Sessions

Timetabled sessions are taught to Scholarship Group students in the  following subjects for two lessons in every cycle, adding up to a total  of around 50 lessons:

  • English [2 groups]
  • Calculus [2 groups, 3 lessons a cycle]
  • Statistics [2 groups]
  • Chemistry [2 groups]
  • Art History [2 groups]
  • Classics [2 groups]
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Geography [1 lesson a cycle]
  • Physical Education [1 lesson a cycle]
  • History
  • Economics
  • Media

Students take four or five subjects depending on whether they choose  Calculus. Most students will be given at least three of their choices.  All courses will be taught by teachers as part of their timetables.

Some students will not be in the Scholarship Group, but will wish to  enter one or more Scholarship examinations; some students in the group  will wish to enter Scholarships for which they’re not timetabled; and  some subjects are not taught in timetabled sessions because of low  demand.

This means that we also run after-school tutorials or offer additional support in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Media
  • Art
  • Music
  • Chinese
  • French

We hold a Scholarship Evening for students and parents in Term 1 to explain how the year will work.

All students will have mentors with whom they will meet at least  termly. Mentoring sessions will focus on academic achievement,  co-curricular activities, general well-being, university courses and  wider intellectual interests.

Old boys who achieved Scholarships will be invited back into school  periodically to support students in their work. Early in Term 2, we will  schedule specific times for these support sessions.