About Us

What our Principal says



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Nayland College has an excellent reputation for being “more than just a school”. People value:

  • The great relationships and friendly, safe, co-educational environment
  • Our happy, committed, and enthusiastic staff, always willing to go the extra distance
  • That we care about our students, seeing and treating them as individuals
  • Our broad curriculum, both in and out of the classroom, that encourages achievement and helps shape well-balanced young people
  • The many opportunities students have to get involved and to excel, and that we love to celebrate their successes
  • That we “walk the talk” and are always striving to improve what we do.


Nayland College is widely respected for innovation and professional leadership. We work incredibly hard to ensure students leave us as confident, adaptable contributors ready to take on the many challenges ahead.

We encourage our students to SOAR – to be proud of who they are and what they achieve, and we firmly believe that co-education brings out the very best in today’s young people.


Daniel Wilson

What Nayland College believes

  • We support our students to be responsible and considerate young people who know their strengths, feel valued and are determined to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
  • We have high expectations of a diverse range of students. We encourage them to do well and extend themselves in all that they do. We do this by having committed, highly qualified teachers who work hard to engage students.
  • We provide a settled co-educational environment because it reflects the real world – males and females working together.
  • sOAR

“Teachers know students very well and work collaboratively to provide a wide range of support for their learning and achievement. Students that ERO spoke with said that relationships with teachers are a significant strength of the school and that staff consistently go the extra mile to provide them with additional support out of class hours.” ERO Report (2014)

“Students that ERO spoke with said that they were very positive about the number of leadership opportunities and student-led clubs and committees at the school. They said that they had the freedom to make suggestions and choices about a range of activities that help junior students, in particular, to develop a sense of belonging and enjoyment at the school.” ERO Report (2014)

“A range of rich learning opportunities within and beyond the school promotes student interest and engagement.” ERO Report (2014)

“Teachers know students very well and work collaboratively to provide a wide range of support for their learning and achievement”. ERO Report (2014)

“Nayland College places a high value on promoting and maintaining strong relationships and the wellbeing of students within a long-standing culture of inclusion, diversity and individuality. “ ERO Report 2014

  • “We’re lucky to have so many high schools in the Nelson area to consider for our children. We selected Nayland College for our son and have been very happy we made that choice. The campus has great energy and it’s clear the teachers are dedicated to helping students find their best selves without sacrificing individuality.”
  • It’s also evident students feel they can be themselves without discrimination from peers or faculty. This rare kind of acceptance results in an environment that sets students up for success, in school and in life. Relationships between staff and students are close and allow teachers to tailor learning approaches to meet the unique needs of students. It’s a highly positive place to learn.” (Lynne Kohen, parent 2013)
  • “I love Nayland. It is welcoming and suits all types. The school culture here is fantastic and I feel I can be myself around school.”(Jaani year 9)
  • “When I first came here I thought maths would be really hard, but the way that the teachers explain it to me makes it seem a lot easier.” (Kimberley year 9)
  • “Nayland’s awesome. The teachers are so enthusiastic about their subject and they’re really friendly.” (Kalani year 9)
  • “Nayland has great opportunities throughout the whole school – music, sports, leadership and learning. Whatever you like to do you will find it here at Nayland.” (Hayley year 9)
  • “Be the leader you aspire to be right from year 9. Nayland gives you opportunities to develop as a leader and to further explore your potential.” (Student Leaders, 2014)
  • “Nayland College is the school of opportunities. No matter if you want to be a top student or just enjoy cool subjects such as Outdoor Education, Psychology, Photography or Marine Science, Nayland is the place for you.” (Daniel, student from Sweden)