Our outstanding academic results reflect the continuing exemplary standard of our students and staff.  Villa girls, staff and whānau may be justifiably proud of the 2019 results, with significant academic growth evident in all areas of the Senior College. This places our students amongst the top students in New Zealand. The positive impact of the interventions of Kaiako who actively mentor the students in their Ako and through staff carefully tracking and intervening has led to rising overall achievement of students; both in their gaining of NCEA certificates and in excellence endorsements.


Our 2019 Level One, Two and Three NCEA achievement rates are impressive. When compared to other decile 9 schools and nationally, Villa Maria outperforms other schools in NCEA.


98.7% of our Year 11 students gained NCEA Level One. This compares to 69.3% nationally and 92.4% of decile 9 girls’ schools.


98.6% of our Year 12 students gained NCEA Level Two. This compares to 76.6% of all students nationally and 95.6% of students at decile 9 schools.


97.8% of our Year 13 students gained NCEA Level Three. This compares with 66.2% of students nationally and 91.6% of students at equivalent decile 9 schools.


Whereas in almost all of those measures whilst both the decile 9 and national percentages decreased slightly in 2019, ours improved.  These figures reflect a significant increase in achievement at Level One and Level Two and a consistently high result at Level Three.


A demonstrable improvement in the number of students gaining University Entrance was evident in 2019. 91% of our Year 13 students gained University Entrance. This is well above the national rate of 47.8% and an equivalent rate of 82% at decile 9 girls schools.


This reflects the focus of Kaiako and Heads of Houses to know each girl, their story and to work with them to achieve their goals. We know not every girl will go to University, however we are delighted that our students have this as a viable option should they choose to follow this pathway.


The number of students who have University Entrance literacy has noticeably increased over the last five years to reach a five-year high. 98.5% of students gained University Entrance literacy in 2019. It’s also notable that 100% of 2019 Year 13 students achieved University Entrance numeracy.


Our results at Level One, Level Two, Level Three and University Entrance demonstrate the value that we add to our students and reaffirm our belief that we ensure each individual student’s achievement is important to us.


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, whānau 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)
Villa Maria College


Villa Maria College results are shown in BLUE.

Orange shows results from other Decile 9 schools, and grey shows the national average.



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.

2019 NCEA GOLD Achievers

Level 1

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

Bianca Manzano, Dane Aguinot, Josephine Grant, Melissa Dunn, Niamh Avery, Kate Dowling, Leonie Stauder, Momoko Shimada, Monica Fahey, Rebecca Thwaites, Molly Emms, Beth Fox, Marika Pitcaithly, Rachael Davidson, Paris Wardle, Olivia Adams, Nova Renata, Alexandra Kinder, Amber Sullivan, Maggie Leith, Sophie Houghton, Ashly Santhosh, Chloe Donaldson, Billie-Rose Dunlop, Fe Dian Taganas.

Level 2

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

Amēlie Harris, Mya Plotkin, Matilda Sellier, Virginia Higgs, Charlotte Restieaux, Caroline Holder, Madison Didham, Meg Inwood, Bianca Manzano, Donna Gumley, Claudia Kinder, Claire Teves, Maddi Hubers, Charlotte Lainchbury, Emily Sidaway, Adilia Tan, Paige Moriarty, Julia Wynands.

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.