ACG Sunderland School and College

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ACG Sunderland School and College
ACG Sunderland Front building shot.jpg
Aspire • Succeed • Respect
6 Waipareira Avenue, Henderson, Waitakere City[1]
Coordinates 36°51′49″S 174°38′00″E / 36.863717°S 174.63335°E / -36.863717; 174.63335Coordinates: 36°51′49″S 174°38′00″E / 36.863717°S 174.63335°E / -36.863717; 174.63335
Type Private co-educational school
Established 2007
Ministry of Education Institution no. 571
Principal Nathan Villars
Grades 1-13
School roll 301[2] (July 2016)
Socio-economic decile 10

ACG Sunderland is a private school and is part of Academic Colleges Group. It is located in Henderson, a western suburb of Auckland.[3]


The Sunderland Education Trust founded Sunderland in 2007 as "Sunderland School and College". It was the first private school in Waitakere City (west Auckland). In 2010, Academic Colleges Group (ACG) took over the management contract for Sunderland, changing the name to ACG Sunderland. The school occupies the building formerly used by the Waitakere City Council.[4]

Student body[edit]

ACG Sunderland provides education to boys and girls from Years 1 to 13,[5] and currently has plans for an onsite kindergarten. The student body is split into four houses, named after four founders of the school - Tong, Fleming, Findlay, and McDonald.


ACG Sunderland offers the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and is a member of the Association of Cambridge Schools in New Zealand.[6] Subjects include English, Music, Mathematics, Co-ordinated Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Art, Geography and Physical Education. ICT is integrated. There is a Spanish teaching room and rooms for learning support, ESOL, College art and Primary School art.[7]


ACG Sunderland’s campus comprises architecturally designed premises and nine acres of landscaped grounds. As well as providing a full-sized gymnasium, computer suites, science laboratories, art rooms and a specialist technology department, the School places emphasis on the performing arts, with specialist music rooms, a band practice room, a drama room and a 150-seat auditorium.[8]