Academic success at Dilworth

July 17, 2018

An internal report completed at Dilworth School has shown year-on-year improvement in NCEA results with record achievement rates for 2017. 

Principal Donald MacLean says: “Our students stay at school longer and perform at levels significantly higher than the national average. In 2017, 99% of all students and 100% of Māori and Pasifika students gained NCEA Level 3. These are outstanding results that our students should be very proud of.” 

Additionally in 2017, 69% of Dilworth students gained University Entrance compared with an average of 49% of students from throughout New Zealand.

Dilworth is a Decile 4 school, so results are also compared with boys from Decile 4 schools throughout the country. Deciles reflect the socio-economic position of a school’s community relative to other New Zealand schools.

“There is a strong link between decile ratings and academic performance, with students from higher decile schools generally performing at a higher level. Dilworth students continue to be an exception to this trend,” Mr MacLean says.

NCEA Results 2017

 

 

Dilworth
School

National all students

National boys only

Decile 4-7
boys only

Decile 4 boys only

Level 1

92%

75%

70%

75%

71%

Level 2

93%

79%

76%

79%

77%

Level 3

99%

66%

61%

60%

61%

University Entrance

69%

49%

43%

40%

37%

The table above shows how Dilworth School results compare with the averages of those achieved by students throughout the country in 2017.

Mr MacLean says Dilworth's excellent retention rates are a major contributing factor to achievement beyond the school gates.

“The latest data shows 95% of our students are staying at school until they are aged at least 17, compared with a national average of 81%. The more skills and knowledge our students gain here, the better prepared they will be for their future beyond Dilworth.” 

Dilworth Trust Board Chairman Aaron Snodgrass says: “These are fantastic results and it is encouraging to see an upward trend in academic performance over the years.

“Our aim is to help each student reach their full potential. It is great to see this reflected not just academically, but throughout all aspects of school life including sport, performing arts, choir, kapa haka and more.

“The Board is appreciative of the dedication of the teaching and house staff and of the hard work and effort of all of the boys.

“I’m sure if James Dilworth could see the school in 2018, he would be impressed with how well the students are performing and the culture of achievement within Dilworth."