Nayland College offers a broad and varied curriculum designed to cater for individual student needs.


They also have the opportunity to follow their own particular interests by taking two extension subjects of their choice.

The Year 10 curriculum builds on that of Year 9 and gives students further opportunity to explore subjects of special interest to them.


In the junior school, English and Mathematics classes are banded according to ability, thus ensuring the needs of all students are best met. Very able students have their learning accelerated and extended laterally, and can study some Level 1 NCEA subjects a year ahead.


Students requiring additional support for their learning are equally well looked after in classes where development of literacy is a key focus. Nayland also caters for those best suited to learning in a digital environment with its well-established BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) classes.


As students enter the senior school, they are offered flexibility in their course structure to ensure that their programme of study best fits their particular needs. Multilevel study enables students to progress through the NCEA levels at a pace appropriate for them and tutorial assistance is offered to take students right through to success in university scholarship exams.


As students start to specialise according to their strengths and interests, there are varied pathways that can best prepare them for their next steps beyond school. These include academic courses in preparation for study at university or polytechnics, and the Gateway and award-winning Trades Academy programmes that offer learning in conjunction with NMIT, Whenua-iti Outdoors and local employers to facilitate NCEA success while also giving students the ideal foundation for movement into apprenticeships and employment.


For more information on individual courses and the subject selection process see our subject selection page.