The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the national qualification for senior secondary school students in New Zealand. The internal and external examinations are held by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Courses challenge students of all abilities, in all learning areas. Students are offered huge flexibility in their course selection and this is the pathway that most will choose.

Students who take the NCEA pathway at St Peter’s can choose from 20-30 subject options (depending on their year level); opening them up to multiple learning opportunities and an infinite number of career choices.

Our pass rates for NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 are at 95% or above, with many students achieving Merit and Excellence endorsement rates.

Recent St Peter’s graduates are attending a number of universities including Auckland University and Otago University in New Zealand, and Princeton University and Stanford University in the United States of America.

Seniors studying NCEA

Meet Ing, NCEA Student

"Hi, My name is Ing. I chose to study NCEA because of the countless opportunities it can provide me both in the present and for my future study pathway.


My favourite part of studying NCEA is the freedom of subject choices that NCEA can offer.  It is an educational system that is recognised widely so the opportunities after high school are endless.

I hope to gain skills such as critical and creative thinking as I believe studying under NCEA gives students a positive challenge by engaging students’ thinking. Rather than tell us the answers, NCEA  asks us questions that force students to think outside the box and develop our ability to be open-minded.

This year I am studying Mathematics, English, EAL, Fashion, Geography and Chemistry. My favourite subject is Fashion as it allows me to show my artistic creativity. 

My plan for the future is to use my NCEA qualifications to go to the USA for study and to gain a full athletics scholarship.”

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a highly respected international qualification with a holistic education philosophy designed to produce internationally-minded global citizens.

St Peter’s School, Cambridge is proud to be the only school in the Central North Island to offer the IB.  

The IB mission statement provides a long-term holistic vision of student-centred education. Arthur Broadhurst, our founder, was ahead of his time as he developed his ethos of Body, Mind, Spirit – IB and St Peter’s School, Cambridge were destined to be twinned. 

The IB Diploma is an academically rigorous two-year qualification which ensures that students build a well-rounded academic foundation through the study of six subjects across key curriculum groups: Literature, Language acquisition, Individual and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts.

IB pathway
The IB programme encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

International Baccalaureate's mission statement

Steven Wang

Meet Steven, IB Student

"I chose to study the International Baccalaureate for several reasons.

Firstly, IB offers an opportunity for cross-curricular learning. The IB allows students to connect different disciplines in Internal Assessments, Extended Essays, and more. Secondly, IB does not limit students to academics. We are to extend our knowledge beyond the subjects we study by learning Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS), which are distinct characteristics of the IB. Thirdly, the IB promotes international-mindedness and awareness of perspectives that are critical for us in the future. It does this by offering a compulsory second language course, and also permeating the theme inside the classrooms.

Having a goal to cultivate all-rounded education, the IB has strict guidelines in students’ subject choices. A typical IB student would study a first language, a second language, and mathematics as compulsory courses and choose an experimental science, a social science, and an art course (or another experimental or social science). In the IB, students pursue but are not limited to, academics. Theory of Knowledge explores how we produce knowledge and the validity of knowledge; CAS ensures that students have a balanced life and are making contributions to the community.

Aside from NCEA, IB is another course that is well-recognised worldwide. As the diploma demonstrates students’ capability, perseverance, and courage in the face of challenges, it is a useful tool in applications for university entrance and internship or job opportunities. My plan after completing the diploma is to enter tertiary education, and I believe that the IB has prepared me for it very thoroughly. With this qualification, I could go to almost any country in the world.”

Our international students have graduated from St Peter’s to attend universities all over the world including:

Opportunity, Innovation, Success.

Together at St Peter's, we achieve the extraordinary.