Carncot Independent School for Girls
|Carncot Independent School for Girls|
|263 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
|Type||Independent day school for girls Years 1-8|
|Motto||Veritas omnia vincit - Truth conquers all|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||4101|
Carncot School is an independent day school for girls in years 1 to 8. It is located close to the central city of Palmerston North in the Manawatu District. Currently, 118 students are enrolled. New Zealand European make up 70% of the roll, with Māori, Pacific Island, European, South African, Middle and Far Eastern families represented. The school accepts international students.
About 1903, Constance Stanford began taking students for her school, which was located in rooms above William Park's stationery shop on Broadway. The school moved to several different locations until taking up residence in the Fitzherbert homestead on its present site at 263 Broadway Avenue in 1955. In 1998, the house was moved forward and a new school built at the back to accommodate an increasing roll. In 2003, a new gymnasium was added. The old school hall was converted into a music suite and the art gallery was opened in 2009.
Both boys and girls have attended the junior school since the early days, but no boys have been enrolled in the last quarter of a century. Carncot is one of a handful of schools which offers primary education in a girls-only context.
The school is governed by the Carncot Trust Board.
School organisation and curriculum 
The staff is composed of a principal, three associate principals, ten classroom teachers and an administration team of seven staff.
The school uses the New Zealand Curriculum and there is one class at each year level. Students attend specialist classes in Mathematics, Art, Physical Education, Languages and Music with teachers employed specifically for these subject areas. Languages offered include Te Reo Māori, Spanish, French and Japanese. Music tuition is available in piano, digital keyboard, violin, viola, clarinet, flute, saxophone and voice. The educational focus is on personalised learning, with specific learning needs and abilities provided for by specialist teachers. The school has a reputation for high achievement. Students participate in a wide range of sporting and cultural events, competitions and clubs in a balanced and holistic approach to education.