Hagley College

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Hagley College
Te Puna Wai O Waipapa
Hagley College, 2008.jpg
Hagley College in 2008
510 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch
Coordinates43°32′16″S 172°37′24″E / 43.5377°S 172.6234°E / -43.5377; 172.6234Coordinates: 43°32′16″S 172°37′24″E / 43.5377°S 172.6234°E / -43.5377; 172.6234
TypeState co-ed Secondary (Years 9-15)
Ministry of Education Institution no.336
School roll2321[1] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile6N[2]

Hagley College (previously Hagley Community College and Hagley High School), is a state secondary school in inner-city Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to 1966 the school was Christchurch West High School, which was founded in 1858.


Aerial photo of Hagley Community College

Unlike most New Zealand high schools there is no uniform requirement and students may address their teachers on a first name basis. Over 92% of students leave with qualifications and a substantially greater proportion than the national average go on to graduate from a New Zealand university.[3]

The 1950s school hall has been transformed into a theatre, and former rooms of the school are now in use as a dance studio and drama studio.[4] As well as the usual NCEA subjects, Hagley offers several specialised programmes, including Early Childhood Education, Hagley Dance Company, Hagley Writers' Institute and Hagley School of Cuisine.[5][6]

The school is listed with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.[7]

Main building[edit]

The school's main building was registered as a heritage building by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand) on 26 November 1981 with registration number 1874 classified as C.[8] With the change of the classification system, the building later became a Category II listing.[9]

Principal Brent Ingram lobbied the Ministry of Education in the 1990s to have the main building earthquake-strengthened. The double-brick building dating from 1924 was an earthquake risk, as reports first identified in the 1960s.[9][10] When the Ministry disagreed, Ingram took the case first to the Ombudsman and then filed proceedings in the High Court before the Ministry relented and agreed to the strengthening. About NZ$4.2m was spent on the strengthening work. The building came through the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake reasonably unharmed and, according to Ingram, "didn't lose a brick".[10]


Brent Ingram was principal from 1991 to the end of 2015.[11] During his time, the roll increased from 900 to 2300 pupils.[10] He was succeeded by Mike Fowler, who had been deputy principal of the school since 2009, as the tenth principal in the school's history.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Results that Count". Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Hagley Community College". TKI (New Zealand Ministry of Education). Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Schools within Schools". Hagley Community College. Archived from the original on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Principal's Message". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Providers >> NZQA - Hagley Community College". NZQA. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  8. ^ Cattell, John (1988). Historic Buildings of Canterbury and South Canterbury. Wellington: Government Printing Office Publishing. p. 62. ISBN 0-477-01329-5.
  9. ^ a b "Christchurch West High School". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Law, Tina (25 July 2012). "Ministry 'bad boy' now on payroll". The Press. Christchurch. p. A9. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  11. ^ Mann, Brittany (27 May 2015). "Hagley Community College principal Brent Ingram retires". The Press. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  12. ^ O'Callaghan, Jody (25 June 2015). "Mike Fowler to be Hagley College principal". The Press. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  13. ^ Mann, Charley (9 May 2013). "Comedian pays homage to Hagley". The Press. p. A4.
  14. ^ Noted. "Sandra Manderson - The Listener". Noted. Retrieved 2018-04-20.

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