Co-education at Scots College

Since 2016 the Board have been working on the College’s Future Focussed Learning Strategy; ensuring each student at Scots College continues to receive a high-quality education, preparing them to successfully navigate the next steps of their education and futures in a continuously evolving world.

Upon careful reflection of this strategy and feedback from community consultation the Board have resolved to introduce co-education across the full College commencing with the Junior School and Middle School in Years 7&9 in 2021 and full education from 2022. 

The introduction of co-education in the Senior School in 2020 has been incredibly positive. A co-educational environment benefits boys and girls in an environment where students:

  • Are provided with a quality education in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Grow to become confident collaborating and expressing their views in the presence of members of the opposite sex.
  • Learn from one another intellectually and socially
  • Are better prepared for their futures, building the foundations for realistic and meaningful adult relationships
  • Are equipped to take their place in a co-educational world

Years 1-6

Students in Years 1 – 6, learn together in a co-educational setting for all subjects. Providing a co-educational environment for these early years of education is part of providing students with an inclusive and diverse classroom. It encourages students’ self-esteem, social skills and better prepares them for their next steps in education and the world outside the school gates.

The Junior School vision is, “to develop students who take ownership of their own learning, while developing the values and personal standards to successfully navigate the next stage of their education and beyond with distinction.” Learn more about our Junior School here

Enrolments in the Junior School are carefully managed and we encourage families to begin the enrolment process as early as possible to ensure a place for their child.

Years 7-10

The decision to begin with Years 7 and 9 in the Middle School in 2021 is to focus on these Year Levels of natural enrolment in schooling. This will see full co-education introduced over two years. 

Students in the Middle School Years 7-10 follow the Diamond Model. This model sees students undertake their full year courses in a single sex environment and their option courses in a co-educational setting. We believe this model, particularly during these initial years of co-education, provides these early adolescent students with a transitional pathway combining the academic benefits with the social advantages.

A fully co-educational College is the next step in our Future Focussed Learning Strategy and we believe this change will continue to enhance our educational offering for all students. The effects of increased globalisation and technological advancements have made it essential for students to develop the future ready skills and values of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication, citizenship and character in an environment where diversity, empathy and resilience are valued. 

Co-education in the Junior School (Years 1-6)
Co-education in the Middle School (Years 7-10)
Co-education in the Senior School (Years 11-13)

Read our future focussed learning, a fully co-educational College booklet

Class Sizes

In addition to the decision to move to co-education the Board have resolved to set specific class size limits from 2021 in the Junior and Middle School. For each class, these are set at:

– Years 1-2 = 15 students
– Year 3 = 20 students
– Years 4-6 = 22 students
– Years 7-10 = 24 students

Although we will use our best endeavours, as we transition to this, we may not be able to precisely meet these limits in 2021 but are confident this will not have a material impact. There is no reduction in the number of spaces available to boys and students currently attending the College are guaranteed a place in the following year.

Once we reach the class size limit a waitlist will be developed and at some Year Levels if numbers allow we will consider opening an additional class.

Accessibility & Affordability

A growing roll allows for further investment in the curriculum and those delivering it. Together we strengthen the educational experience for all students, current and future, with the opportunity to develop staff numbers, support programmes, facilities and course options in all three schools.

Another advantage of a growing roll is that it assists us in remaining as affordable and accessible to as many young men and women as possible and the possibility for a family to have all children attend one school. This will see our community continue to grow locally, nationally and internationally. To further support this the Board have introduced a sibling discount to 10% for the second child and each child thereafter.

Sibling discounts cannot be used in conjunction with a scholarship.


Details on the application and enrolment process are available here

Open Days & Experience Days
Future Focussed Learning at Scots College
FAQs on co-education in the Junior and Middle Schools

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Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Strathmore Park
Wellington 6022
New Zealand
Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243
New Zealand