Academic Information at a Glance


NCEA 2020

 PASS RATES                                                       JHC                                                    NATIONAL

Level 1                                                                90.1%                                                         72.5%

Level 2                                                                85.3%                                                         80.3%

Level 3                                                                77%                                                            72.3%

University Entrance                                           63%                                                            53.7%

Hargest courses are rigorous and genuinely lead onto further education options.

NCEA ENDORSEMENTS - Average over the last 5 years                         

Level 1             Merit or Excellence Endorsements                           50%

Level 2             Merit or Excellence Endorsements                        35.5%

Level 3             Merit or Excellence Endorsements                        30.3%

Our expectations are high - those capable of achieving better that a "pass" are expected to do so!



An average of 17.4 single subject Level 3 Scholarships per annum over the last five years.

This is an outstanding record for any state school.


Summary of the ERO Report

Hargest is under a 4-5 year ERO return timeframe for the second consecutive time.

This tells you that we have passed New Zealand's most rigorous governmental audit with flying colours and are maintaining consistently high quality education.

Link to our latest ERO Report 

James Hargest College has a roll of 1807 students, 305 of whom identify as Māori and 34 as Pacific. Additionally, the school hosts 33 international students.

The school is effectively achieving equitable outcomes for most students. School leaders and teachers have high expectations for all students and have implemented a range of programmes and targeted interventions to achieve this. They are strongly focused on providing extensive opportunities for all students to reach their potential.

Students achieve very highly at L1 and L2 of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Trends over time for NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 reflect sustained levels of high achievement overall.

Effective systems are in place to monitor and track students’ progress, achievement and wellbeing. Together with school-wide collaboration and communication, these processes enhance consistency of practice and expectations that enable the achievement of equity and excellence.

Learners are achieving excellent educational outcomes. School performance has been sustained over time through well-focused, embedded processes and practices. This school is actively addressing in-school disparity in educational outcomes.

Provision for International Students

The school is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (The Code) established under Section 238F of the Education Act 1989. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code. At the time of this review, there were 33 international students attending the school.

The school is highly effective in providing pastoral care and quality education for its international students. Students are encouraged and well supported to integrate into the school and local community. The school has a highly rigorous process for annual review of the Code, the results of which are reported to the board of trustees.

Managing National Assessment

To see James Hargest College lastest report click here.

The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021