Marsden - private education Preschool to Year 13

Children and young people flourish at Marsden. They're happy, they enjoy school and they go on to do exceptionally well in life. What makes Marsden special?

The ultimate goal

At Marsden, our relentless focus is on the ultimate goal of education. For us, education is much more than a step up to university and a career. Our purpose is to lay the foundation for lives of meaning, accomplishment and genuine happiness. We foster independent thinking, build resilience and instill the importance of community involvement.

Marsden supports every pupil personally

We achieve that ultimate goal because we know, and can support every pupil personally. That's not possible in today's mega schools, whereas here, people talk about the 'Marsden family'. At Marsden, children and young people are nurtured, encouraged and respected. They feel safe being themselves and receive the individual attention they need.

Marsden has high expectations

Excellence is a core value at Marsden. Parents and pupils choose Marsden because everyone is striving to be the best they can be. At Marsden there is a shared passion for learning and discovery. Students and staff support each other and celebrate achievements.

I went to Marsden and was encouraged to be the best I could be ... the knowledge and skills I gained during my Marsden years allowed me to adapt and succeed in any situation. I'd like to think that being a Marsden Girl in the New Zealand Defence Force is the embodiment of 'grit and grace'.

Megan Engleback, 2019 (Year 13, 2010)

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It's the Marsden Spirit that makes the difference.


At Marsden, children and young people flourish. They do well academically and in their co-curricular pursuits. They develop grit and grace. And they go on to enjoy their life and work. At Marsden, wonderful girls and young women realise their potential to become extraordinary people.

Why Marsden?

Our holistic wellbeing approach and exceptional teaching means enhanced learning and better academic and life outcomes.


We are one of New Zealand’s leading independent schools. At Marsden we inspire girls and provide them with all the benefits of an all-girls education. We prepare our students to be ready for their world, through our future-focused learning programmes, specialist academic, sport and performing arts programmes, and our tailored wellbeing education programme. Girls thrive at Marsden and the benefits of attending Marsden, an all-girls' school, are evident in our students' resultstertiary scholarships and Old Girl achievements.


At Marsden we warmly welcome and strive to have new students feel at home and part of the Marsden whānau from day one.