How Does NCEA Work?

The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand. NCEA's are recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.

  • Each year, students study a number of courses or subjects.
  • In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards.
  • Schools use a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards.
  • When a student achieves a standard, they gain a number of credits.
  • There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved.
  • Students are recognised for high achievement at each level by gaining NCEA with Merit or NCEA with Excellence.

At the end of the day, Gisborne Boys’ High School is judged on the achievement of the young men who are our school. The results show that nationally our school compares very well with national school data. In comparison with ourselves our student achievement has shown a very pleasing upward trend from 2011 through to 2014. We want to continually improve on the excellent results as shown below by putting time, effort and individual support into making sure that academic achievement is our priority focus.

“The School offers a broad, well considered curriculum that is effective in promoting engagement, progress and achievement for most students. It is the result of a proactive approach to respond to the need to improve outcomes for students. Many positive initiatives have enhanced student engagement and success”