Principal’s Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Queen Margaret College, Wellington’s leading, independent girls’ school, providing a world-class education for students from Pre-School through to Year 13.

Throughout its rich history, Queen Margaret College has been a leader in girls’ education. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the College delivers the curriculum continuum of the three IB Programmes: the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The curriculum fits closely with the holistic philosophy and international vision of the College.

The school is the largest, independent girls’ school in Wellington and the only girls’ school in the lower North Island offering a dual qualification pathway of either the internationally recognised IB Diploma or New Zealand’s credential, The National Certificate of Education (NCEA).

Established in 1919 as a Presbyterian girls’ college, our location in a heritage building in inner-city Thorndon, provides ready access to all that a cosmopolitan capital city offers. We are situated close to embassies, high commissions and Parliament, a feature of the school from early in its history. The perspective gained here is culturally rich and internationally-minded.

The College also offers onsite student accommodation for Year 9 – 13. The boarding house has forty-four rooms and is the only girls’ school in Wellington offering such accommodation to its students.

The fine tradition of Presbyterian education with its strong academic emphasis is still the foundation of the College and we enjoy a reputation for outstanding academic results.

Girls have numerous opportunities for involvement, high-level performance and leadership through sporting and cultural activities and an extensive exchange programme with sister schools. The College is future focused with technology integrated throughout the curriculum equipping students for today’s digital world. Within this dynamic learning environment, girls are encouraged to develop their skills and talents across all areas and are challenged to pursue excellence and their personal best.

The College is very proud of its alumnae (Old Girls) who are regularly invited back to talk with our current students. A Queen Margaret College education aims to produce articulate, competent and compassionate young women with a desire to use their education and talents to make a positive contribution to society.

I hope you will take the time to visit us and experience the world of opportunities we offer at Queen Margaret College.

Jayne-Ann Young

Our Vision


Mission Statement

Within an inclusive Christian environment, we light the flame of learning; through a holistic education our girls become confident, principled women who make a difference in the modern world.

Our Motto & Vision

Luce Veritatis

By the Light of Truth

Our Vision is that Queen Margaret College will be the preferred choice for girls' education in the wider Wellington region. It will achieve this by delivering excellence. Our girls will be passionate learners, resilient women and future leaders empowered to maximise the opportunities of a continually changing world in a respectful and truthful way.

useful links

  • ERO Report

    Read the latest Education Review Office (ERO) reports on Queen Margaret College.

  • Momentum Plus

    The Queen Margaret College 2010 Strategic Plan.

  • Academic Results

    Queen Margaret College has a 100% pass rate in the IB Diploma and in NCEA Level 3.