The Senior School (Year 11 – 13) strives to foster and develop independence in every student, encouraging them to reach outside their comfort zones in all areas of their lives.

In Year 11, students sit NCEA Level 1. This is the foundation course for the dual qualification pathway and it is during Year 11 that the girls choose which qualifications they will take in Year 12. Queen Margaret College is an International Baccalaureate World School and offers its senior students a dual qualification pathway of either the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) or NCEA.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year programme for students from 16 to 19 years of age. The aim of the IBD is to promote international and intercultural understanding, encourage responsible citizenship, and student-centred learning.


NCEA is comprised of three levels and is New Zealand’s qualification for Year 11 – 13 secondary students. It is a standards-based assessment combining a mix of both internal and external assessments.

New Zealand Scholarship

New Zealand Scholarship provides recognition and monetary reward to top students in their last year of schooling. New Zealand Scholarship assessments enable candidates to be assessed against challenging standards, and are demanding for the most able candidates in each subject. Assessment is by either a written/spoken examination or by the submission of a portfolio or report of work produced throughout the year.

Scholarship students receive extra classes, tutorials and reading lists plus opportunities to practise relevant examination questions. Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. Approximately three percent of candidates nationwide are awarded scholarships.

Both International Baccalaureate Diploma students and NCEA students are eligible to sit these prestigious examinations.

Learning Support and Extension

Additional assistance is provided for selected students to ensure success in their studies.  Students in the Senior School can access Learning Enrichment lessons where they work individually or in small groups with a teacher who can guide and support them in their learning. This additional support allows students to complete assessment tasks with confidence and to develop the skills required for successful study.  We support students and their families as they apply for Special Assessment Conditions (SACs) with NZQA. The Learning Enrichment teacher also helps students discover the best way to use any SACs that are approved.  This might include learning the best way to work with a reader, or to use the computer in assessments, and depends on the conditions that have been applied for and granted.  Support may also include modifying programmes by including some additional credits in non-mainstream subject areas or adjusting an existing programme.

Extra extension activities in the Senior School are geared to develop critical thinking skills and creativity.  Activities include debating, public speaking competitions, essay and creative writing competitions, peer tutoring (whereby students tutor other students at a lower level), and preparation for Scholarship examinations.

A few kind words


Jacqui Brown – Head of Senior School

Jacqui has a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, a Diploma of Teaching and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Her specialist subject is Mathematics. Jacqui believes that education is about strong relationships between teachers, students and families and works to help students find their passions and achieve at their personal best.

Her interests outside of school include geocaching, exploring new places around Aotearoa and the world, and spending time with friends and family.

useful links

  • Academic Results

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

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    IB World School

    We are an IB World School authorised to teach the PYP, MYP and IB Diploma.

  • ERO Report

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

Senior School News

A close-up image of Bridget on board the Spirit of Adventure sailing ship.
Journey on the Spirit of Adventure

Every year the Old Girls’ Association sponsors a scholarship for a Senior School student to embark on a life-changing journey with the Spirit of Adventure. Year 13 student Bridget Olphert…

A picture of Ivy McLean hitting a tennis ball during a game of tennis.
Tennis superstar has sights set high

After yet another successful season on the courts, one of our Senior School students has her sights set on studying internationally once she leaves school. Lochleven House Prefect Ivy McLean…

USA trip broadens horizons

Year 12 and 13 History and Media Studies students travelled to the USA in the April School Holidays to discover more about the how media has affected history in the…

An image of two students looking through the QMC School Archives.
Discovering our past

A group of students have spent their lunchtimes discovering the lives of past students. The Archive Club was started in 2018 by Head of Humanities Nadine Allen. The club gives…

Upcoming Senior School Events

Last day for NCEA students

NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 students will be on study leave for their examinations after Friday 1 November.