Samuel Marsden Collegiate School has been providing quality private education since 1878.

In 2018 Marsden celebrated 140 years of Excellence in Education

Originally established by Mrs Mary Ann Swainson as a day and boarding school for girls from Wellington and the surrounding country areas, it was known as the Fitzherbert Terrace School. In 1920, the school was purchased by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington. It moved to Karori and was given its present name commemorating the first Anglican missionary to New Zealand.


As an Anglican School, Marsden is committed to imparting the Christian values which are part of its special character. Marsden Karori has its own Chapel. Pupils of diverse religious beliefs are welcomed, tolerance of difference is encouraged and diversity celebrated.

Marsden Whitby

In 2004 David Bradford started up Whitby Independent College on the old Duck Creek Golf Course. A year later Marsden took over management of the co-educational school that had 24 students, renaming it Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Whitby.


In 2019 the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Trust Board made the difficult and sad decision to close Marsden School Whitby at the end of the 2019 school year. Marsden Whitby has accomplished much over the past 15 years and the staff, students and families have built a special community spirit at the school. The staff have delivered a quality education and students have excelled academically and outside of the classroom. See press release.

Where to from here

The foresight of previous generations has contributed to the wonderful facilities and beautiful physical environment that Marsden Karori students enjoy today. The Board of Management has a Development Programme that was formed in consultation with the wider Marsden Community. 

School Archivist

Rosalba Finnerty
If you would like to know more about Marsden's history, please contact me.