We are extremely proud of our academic record. Our students consistently perform well above the national averages for all New Zealand schools, including other girls’ schools.


You just need to look at our most recent results:


Villa’s Level One, Two and Three NCEA achievement rates are impressive. 98.6% of our girls gained Level One NCEA last year , and 99.6% gained NCEA Level Two . This is considered the gateway qualification for most national measures. The fact that every girl who has set that as a goal has achieved it is an incredible feat.  95% of our students gained NCEA Level Three . These figures reflect a significant increase in achievement at Level One and Level Two and a consistently high result at Level Three.


Further, 80% of students at Villa Maria College gained University Entrance. Well above the National rate of 52.8%.


Each year students in Level 3 have the option of sitting a Scholarship exam. Scholarships are awarded to students in the top 3% of their cohort nationally.


We congratulate Isabela Manzano, who was awarded TWO Scholarships – in English and Classical Studies.


The fact that Isabela was in Year 12 when she sat the exams and was awarded Scholarships is an enormous achievement, and we are so proud that she has received not one, but two of our country’s highest academic awards.


Click here to download a copy of our most recent academic results, from Year 11 – 13.


There are many reasons why we achieve so well academically; our College culture, our staff and our class sizes all contribute to this success.


  • Striving for excellence is part of the Villa culture and our girls are guided and supported to set goals to achieve their potential.
  • Our smaller class numbers are a significant advantage to both girls and staff who enjoy close working relationships with their students.
  • Villa Maria College teachers are specialists in their field and passionate about educating girls. Our culture of excellence begins with our appointment of the finest teachers who impart their knowledge with flair.

Learning Behaviours

Villa Maria has four key actions the staff, whanau and community believe Villa girls need to be developing to be successful when they left school.

Courage – māia

Collaboration – mahi tahi

Resilience – manawaroa

Critical and creative thinking – Āta wherawhera

As a College we will be focussing on one of these behaviours each term.

Sarah Kirk

Assistant Principal (Curriculum)
Principal’s Nominee
Villa Maria College




How We Celebrate Success

In addition to the annual College Prize Giving in December, we have the High Achievers’ Assembly in Term 1 the following year, once the results in NCEA external examinations and Scholarship are received. This is an opportunity to recognise these highest achievers in front of their peers and parents, and to encourage all students to strive for excellence.

A College badge has been developed to acknowledge students who achieve their NCEA Endorsed with Excellence .

Our weekly Assembly and Parent Newsletter are other ways we celebrate and recognise success at all levels.

2018 NCEA GOLD Achievers

Level 1

To achieve a Level One Gold Award, students need to achieve at least 80 credits with Excellence. 

Level 1 Gold: Amélie Harris, Charlotte Lainchbury, Virginia Higgs, Meg Inwood, Matilda Sellier, Charlotte Restieaux, Donna Gumley, Caroline Holder, Imogen Taylor, Claire Teves, Beth Watt, Claudia Kinder, Paige Moriarty, Adilia Tan, Julia Wynands, Sophie Smith, Maddi Hubers, Madison Didham.

Level 2

To achieve a Level Two Gold Award you need to achieve 65+ credits with Excellence.

Level 2 Gold: Isabela Manzano, Evelyn Ponga, Jordan Hill, Emma Cunliffe, Ruby Williams, Talia Wirepa, Laura Evans, Sarah Doocey, Rebecca Weastell, Juliet O’Connell, Elle Chapman, Charlotte Worley, Alexandra Brown.

We know the importance of keeping parents up-to-date with their daughter’s progress. We have implemented an online reporting system using KAMAR software. Staff upload academic results as they happen, along with monthly Effort and Attitude reports for parents to access through our Parent Portal. We also offer an opportunity to meet with our staff at Learning Conferences in Term 2.