Wentworth College, New Zealand

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Wentworth College
65 Gulf Harbour Drive,
Gulf Harbour,
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°36′47.17″S 174°47′27.80″E / 36.6131028°S 174.7910556°E / -36.6131028; 174.7910556Coordinates: 36°36′47.17″S 174°47′27.80″E / 36.6131028°S 174.7910556°E / -36.6131028; 174.7910556
Type Private coed secondary,
years 7-13
Established 2003
Ministry of Education Institution no. 484
Principal Bruce Tong
School roll 216
Socio-economic decile 10

Wentworth College is a private secondary college in Gulf Harbour, in the Auckland Region of New Zealand. Wentworth Primary is a private primary school which shares the site.


The primary services years one to six with a low school roll of just 35 students.[1]


Wentworth College is the older, more commonly known secondary (years 7-13) part of the school with a roll of 214.[2]

School Values[edit]

Across the entire Wentworth facilities, the same core values are honored. There are nine values that each start with one letter, that if put together, stand for the school name:

  • Welcoming - to all people at all times
  • Excellence - striving to do your best and actively acknowledging the success of others
  • Neatness - of appearance, uniform, work and the school
  • Teamwork - participating fully in school activities and actively encouraging others
  • Work Ethic - demonstrating self-discipline and diligence
  • Organisation - management of time and resources
  • Respect - for self, others, property and the environment
  • Tolerance - of differing opinions, backgrounds, beliefs and abilities
  • Honesty - true to yourself and the values of Wentworth

Education Examinations[edit]

In 2008, Wentworth College decided to transition from the New Zealand examination standard, National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), to the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). The first group of students completed their IGCSE level (year 11) in 2009; these students then progressed onto their AS level which they completed at the end of 2010. These students then went on to finish and complete the A-levels at the end of 2011. The Class of 2011 were the first transitioned, CIE students to graduate the College and were the first to receive Wentworth College Diplomas. the entire school has been on the Cambridge standard since 2011.

International Students[edit]

Wentworth College constantly has international students in its specialized courses. These students come from all over the world, with the majority from Asia. Wentworth also participates in student exchange programs when requested by students to do so. Countries that students have come from include South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Argentina, the United States of America and Norway. Large school trips are also welcomed, with Wentworth students adopting a student each for a week to their home and providing them with insight to life in New Zealand.


  • Main College Complex
  • 4 Laboratories with Projectors
  • Music Room
  • Electronics Room
  • Food Technology Room
  • Pro Recording Studio
  • Large Art Room
  • Large Library
  • Extra Large Hard Technology Room
  • Drawing/Architecture Room
  • Small Spanish/Language Room
  • Computer Lab
  • 7 General Classrooms with Projectors
  • Hall (capable of seating 300 people)
  • House/Locker Room (Also used for Junior Dancing)
  • Smaller Study and Music Learning Rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Pro, Full-Size Multi-Sport Court
  • Fully Fitted Workout Gym
  • Air-Pistol Shooting Range
  • Elevated Spectator Seating
  • 2 Large General Classrooms
  • Multi-Sport AstroTurf (3 Tennis Courts)
  • Primary School Complex
  • 4 General classrooms
  • 2 Large Carparks, plus Roadside Parking (Free for all)
  • Large Public Council Field (that Wentworth has priority rights for)
  • Full-Sized Football Pitch & Goals
  • Cricket Field
  • 400m Circuit Track
  • Long Jump Pit

Operation and History[edit]

Both of the facilities are privately owned and operated. The primary and secondary parts of the school work close together on all aspects of the school life, sharing one principal, Bruce Tong. Second in command is Steve Wackrow. The college opened in 2003.[3] The primary opened in February 2008 on the same site.[4][5]

Government Reviews and Ratings[edit]

Both of the facilities have a decile rating of 10. Both also have a very positive Education Review Office (ERO) report. The latest College Report was conducted in October 2009. The first Primary report in August 2008.


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