What we look for in a prospective Dilworth student

Our school founder James Dilworth was very specific in his Will about his vision for the school and the boys who should benefit from the scholarship. The Will has guided Trustees’ decisions for more than 100 years.applicationsBanner.jpg

What makes Dilworth different from most independent schools which offer boarding, is that our students are not selected based on academic or sporting achievement. Dilworth boys are selected based on family need and a boy’s suitability for our boarding environment.

We are looking for boys from families of good character. The family may be going through some challenging times financially or personally but care deeply about providing their son with a first-class education and co-curricular opportunities. 

Boys suitable for Dilworth display an enthusiastic attitude to school and a desire to achieve their full potential. They must be able to foster positive relationships with others and be open to boarding school life.

Applicants and candidates must be New Zealand citizens or have permanent New Zealand residency status. They must be resident in New Zealand at the time of application and have been resident here for at least 12 months prior to the boy’s estimated start date at Dilworth School. Applicants must be the boy’s legal guardian. Applicants must remain fully resident in New Zealand for the duration of their boy's scholarship. Candidates must be living with the applicant.

Due to the nature of boarding school life, we do not deem boys with significant or considerable behavioural difficulties as suitable candidates.

Applicants of Year 6 candidates must reside close enough to Dilworth Junior Campus to enable the boys to return home to the applicant every weekend. All applicants should ideally reside in the North Island.