Waitakere College has won the 2017 award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Atatū at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

This recognises the strength of our responsive curriculum adapted to student interests, e-learning programmes and our many different pathways including our Medical Science Academy. We are thrilled to receive this award, which recognises that the year on year trend of rising achievement at Waitakere College is real and ongoing, with NCEA results above national averages at all levels including Merit and Excellence endorsements.


This was announced by the Prime Minister, Hon Bill English at a gala awards dinner held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Tuesday 27 June. To win the award, we had to go through a rigorous two stage process, with finalists chosen by a national panel of education experts who looked closely at student achievement data and winners selected after a full day visit to each school by a separate panel of judges who are leading New Zealanders.

We were also a finalist for Excellence in Leading – Atakura, recognising the high calibre of our student and staff leadership teams.

Check out these video clips on the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards web-site. A longer video will be up soon with interviews telling the story of how we raised student achievement over the past five years.



Waitakere College is a successful mid-sized secondary school located in the heart of West Auckland.