Academic Achievements for 2023


We are proud that, yet again, Marsden students have achieved outstanding NCEA results at merit and excellence levels, reflecting the expert teaching, individual attention and a proactive approach to wellbeing which lays the foundation for academic success.


Great academic results are just one of the outcomes of a holistic Marsden education. Our goal is for each student to achieve their personal best, and it is gratifying to see our students consistently exceeding their original expectations for themselves.


The following table demonstrates the performance of Marsden students in comparison to national data and, in particular, the data for girls. There is strong statistical evidence to show that girls achieve better academic results in a girls’ school environment.


The graph below compares the performance of Marsden students with girls in girls’ schools and girls in co-ed schools.

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Tertiary Scholarships

Each year, a high proportion of our school leavers are awarded lucrative scholarships to support their tertiary education. To a large extent, these awards are based on academic performance. We are delighted that for many of our students, excellence in school is bringing significant rewards for them at university. Marsden is a small school, but the number of students being honoured at this level is disproportionately high.

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NZQA Scholarships

Marsden was the only girls’ school in Wellington to achieve Outstanding Scholar Awards in the 2023 NZQA Scholarship examinations. 27 NZQA Scholarships were awarded to Marsden students, including a prestigious Top Subject Scholarship Award, two Outstanding Scholar Awards, and five Outstanding Scholarships.


Renowned for their rigorous nature, the NZQA Scholarship assessments are specifically tailored to challenge the most able students in each subject. On a per capita basis, these results are simply remarkable.