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Exceptional Independence

Chart your independence today. We offer Cambridge International programmes and qualifications and balance a structured syllabus with your needs and capabilities, so you own more knowledge. The more you know, the faster its value to you multiplies.

‘Knowledge builds on knowledge.’

Years 1-6 
A Head Start in the Basics


young children painting

In Junior Primary we give children a head start in basics, a foundation for learning. They learn to read, do real maths, and explore the wonder and diversity of the world.  



Small, Nurturing Class

  • 20 pupil maximum with small break-off groups as needed

  • Learning adjusted to individual maturity and ability

  • Attractive, modern computer-equipped classrooms

  • Using the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and tests


A Curriculum that Works

  • Using phonics, 5 year-olds often learn to read to a tested 8 year reading level in their first year at school 

  • Children learn all four rules of arithmetic, and learn to use each of them with accuracy

  • They learn to write stories that tell a story because their ideas are given order and structure—and they learn how to spell accurately, use good grammar, and present work in attractive hand-writing

  • Basics of Writing, Spelling, Reading, Bible and Maths are extended to include New Zealand History, Computing, Science, Geography, Physical Care, Art and Music. and begin learning Maori.

  • They learn how their daily work relates to what God says, how he sustains what he has created, and what he is like.

  • Year 6 students sit Cambridge International Primary exams in October.


Years 1-6

Years 7 & 8

Enrichment & Growth

In Senior Primary we continue teaching the basics but enrich the range of subjects and skills, provide opportunities for studies in more depth and develop independence in work habits.

Carey College students on computers

Small Class, Individual Help

  • No more than 25 pupils, with break-off groups as needed

  • Courses are adapted for each student to meet specific needs

  • Attractive, modern computer-equipped classrooms

  • Using the Cambridge Primary Curriculum and tests


Enriching the Basic Curriculum

  • Development of the basics in English and Maths is maintained

  • A balanced core curriculum includes New Zealand History Science, Geography, Computing and IT, Physical Care, Music and Art

  • Pupils continue to learn Maori and are introduced to languages (such as French, NT Greek & Hebrew)

  • Increased emphasis is placed on independent research skills, evaluating and applying information, and responsible decision making

  • Technology (including Electronics, Cooking, Woodwork, Crafts, Horticulture, and Technical Drawing) is introduced in years 7 & 8

  • In Years 7 & 8, ATEA College exams are sat at the end of each year..

Years 7 & 8

Years 9 & 10

Beginning Specialisation
& Independent Study

In Junior College students are taught a core course and specialist options that prepare them for advanced secondary schooling or vocational options according to individual gifts and calling.

Carey College student with project

Small Class, Individualised Courses

  • 21 pupil class maximum: most teaching is individually or in small groups

  • Gifted specialist teachers bring special opportunities

  • Role models cross age boundaries: peer pressure is minimised

  • Attractive, modern resources and computer-equipped classrooms

  • Core courses in Cambridge International Lower Secondary and Secondary curriculums prepare students for IGCSE

  • In Years 9 & 10 ATEA College exams are sat at mid year and at the end of each year..

  • Cambridge International Lower Secondary curriculum prepares pupils for Cambridge International Lower Secondary Checkpoint exams. Students completing a full Lower Secondary course may be invited to write these exams, held in October.


Beginning Specialisation & Independent Study

  • Modular courses based on the Cambridge International curriculum, students work at their own level in each subject, learning good work habits and responsibility for time management

  • Core subjects are Bible, English, History & Geography, Science, Mathematics, Physical Care, Art, Music and Computer Studies

  • Vocational, Life Skills and Extension options can be chosen from the full range of Atea College and Cambridge subjects.


Years 9 & 10

Years 11-13

Flexible Preparation for Vocations & Tertiary Study

In Senior College the diverse needs of students are met with extensive course choices leading to international qualifications, vocational certificates and work experience.

Carey College students doing science

Individual & Small Group Tuition

  • Courses are individually planned and taught in groups of 1 - 5 pupils

  • Stimulation from interaction with students of different ages

  • Sharing in the gift of teachers with special knowledge and skill

  • Attractive, fully equipped, computerised classrooms and tutorial rooms

  • Using the Upper Secondary and Advanced Cambridge Assessment International Education curriculums


Flexible Curriculum Leading to International Qualifications

  • Core subjects are selected from the  extensive curriculum of Cambridge International with polytech and vocational options

  • Students choose any appropriate combination from a range of Cambridge and vocational subjects. There are no exclusions in the selection and matching of subject options.

  • Students can graduate with a Cambridge AICE Diploma, A Levels, or IGCSE, and vocational qualifications and experience

  • Teachers for all courses: no courses by correspondence


Years 11-13

The Cambridge Assessment International Education Curriculum & Examinations

As a Cambridge International School, we offer the Cambridge pathway for Years 1 to 13 through a Cambridge Associate,  blending the Cambridge Curriculum with our own courses.


Being a Cambridge International School ensures our teaching is to the highest measured international standards and presents opportunities for students in a range of qualifications recognised and respected world-wide.  


College courses include options preparing students for Cambridge Assessement International Education such as Checkpoint, IGCSE and A Levels.  


Why Cambridge?

  • Cambridge meets our standards and NZQA qualifications (eg NCEA) do not

  • Our perspective is respected and accepted within the Cambridge framework

  • Cambridge qualifications are recognised all over the world

  • They are trustworthy and external-exam based

  • They are structured around a challenging, quality curriculum that fits our aims

  • They are flexible, meeting the needs of both vocational and academic students

  • Cambridge International and Cambridge University provide world respected  qualifications.

Cambridge Assessment
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