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.

Our Criteria

  • Family background: The Will states that boys should be selected from families of “parents of good character in straitened circumstances to ensure those boys become good and useful citizens.”
  • Family need: The family may be going through some challenging times (“straitened circumstances”) financially or personally (parental health issues, other children with special needs, parental separation, death). Applications are accepted from two parent families, single parent families, blended families.
  • Boys’ suitability: Prospective students must display a positive attitude to school life, a desire to achieve their full potential, possess the ability to maintain positive relationships with others and be open to boarding school life.
  • Residential: If not New Zealand born, applicants and candidates must each have New Zealand Citizenship or be the holders of Permanent Resident Visas (PRV). Parents/legal guardians/candidates who are holders of a Resident Visa do not meet the criteria for consideration.
  • Residence:
     i)   Applicants and candidates must be fully resident in New Zealand at the time of application and must have been fully resident in New Zealand for a minimum of 12 months prior to the boy’s expected start date.
    ii)   Applicant(s) must remain fully resident in New Zealand for the duration of the boy’s scholarship.​​​​​​​
    iii)   The boy must be fully resident with the applicant(s).
  • Intake area: We accept applications from both the North and South Island of New Zealand.​​​​​​​
  • Behavioural and Learning: Due to the nature of boarding school life, students exhibiting significant behavioural challenges or serious learning difficulties are not accepted.​​​​​​​
  • Health: All students should be in good health and possess the ability to participate fully in all aspects of Dilworth life. This includes, but is not limited to, weekly sport involvement, fitness challenges, school camps.​​​​​​​
  • Immunisations: All students must be fully immunised, as recommended by the Ministry of Health.​​​​​​​
  • Parents/legal guardians: If not the legal parent, the applicant must have legal guardianship and parenting order, in respect of the candidate.