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Inspiring a love of learning and educating students is a responsibility that Marsden takes seriously.

We offer NCEA and Scholarship

The cornerstone of a Marsden education is our exceptional academic offering. Our innovative programmes are rigorous and grounded in sound foundational learning, and our smaller personalised learning environment and culture of care places the needs of our learners firmly at the centre of all that we do.


Marsden students work towards achievement in the national qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Our aim is to build the attitude, flexibility, breadth of learning and independent work habits to thrive beyond Marsden. NCEA is globally recognised as a robust qualification; it can take you anywhere in the world.


We are committed to NCEA. We know our students respond incredibly well to our high-stakes, supportive learning environment, and we have a proven track record of maintaining highly successful academic outcomes and preparing our learners for inspiring futures.




A Marsden education has set me up to enjoy learning and always approach everything with an open mind. It has taught me to embrace studying as something to enjoy and a time to further my learning especially in areas that I am passionate about or interested in. Marsden has also provided me with the confidence in my learning and studying abilities going forward into university and the workforce.

Ava, Y13 2022



At Marsden we prepare students extremely well for life beyond school and you will find young Marsden Old Girls studying at universities in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. All students, from the most able to those for whom learning is a challenge, benefit from a school culture where setting a personal goal to give of your best is the norm.


Wellbeing and Pastoral Care

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Marsden recognises the need for a proactive, preventative approach to mental health to help students flourish psychologically and socially, as well as academically.


Through the delivery of the curriculum and our pastoral programmes we equip students with the knowledge and skills to foster positive emotions, engage in and appreciate new learning, value and build caring relationships and develop a sense of purpose and meaning.



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Technology is integral to the school curriculum. As well as being a subject in its own right, technology is a valued tool for school-wide learning and empowers students to interact with the local and global community. Students have individual logins and are required to bring their own digital devices. They can access the Marsden virtual campus from home or other remote locations. Whether students are on-site or learning remotely, they can always access their lessons and resources for learning.


Positive and respectful relationships underpin teaching and learning. Students are purposefully engaged in their classroom programmes.

2015 Education Review Office

Ad Summa 'to the highest'

Our motto, Ad Summa, is evident in the exceptional academic performance of Marsden students in their NCEA qualifications; our results are amongst the best in New Zealand. It is the personal achievement of each individual that is the hallmark of a Marsden education. We want each of our students to be the best she can be.