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Co-educational Secondary School in New Zealand

Spotswood College

Spotswood College is a modern and vibrant co-educational Secondary School situated in the western suburbs of New Plymouth, New Zealand. Our roll at present is 950 male and female students ranging in age from 13 to 18 years of age. Both academic and vocational subjects are taught to all levels, and Spotswood College has built up a proud record of achievement in both the academic, cultural and sporting arenas since its establishment in 1960.

Our staff is comprised of a blend of very experienced teachers, providing leadership for a healthy group of enthusiastic young teachers.

New Plymouth is situated on the West Coast of the North Island in the province of Taranaki, famous for its mountain, Mt Egmont or Maunga Taranaki (a rival to Japan’s Mt Fujiyama), and for its gas and oil deposits. Because of these deposits Taranaki is regarded as the Energy Centre of New Zealand. New Plymouth has a population of 65,000 and is the service centre for a large farming population (dairying, as well as sheep and beef cattle).


Currently New Plymouth is experiencing an economic boom with Tourism, Oil and Building rapidly expanding. This is enhanced by a very vibrant Arts and Hospitality scene, clearly shown by New Plymouth’s ever expanding Cafe and Restaurant businesses. The magnificent Coastal Walkway on the edge of the city is a celebration of the beautiful natural scenery of New Plymouth “Beneath the Mountain and Beside the Sea”.

Spotswood College offers exciting opportunities for all students in academic, cultural and sporting areas.


Spotswood College is situated in New Plymouth, which is situated on the West coast of the North Island in the province of Taranaki, famous for its mountain, Mt Egmont or Maunga Taranakiin the heart of the Taranaki Province. The College is within kilometres of some of the best surfing beaches in New Zealand and a little further to the ski slopes of Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park. New Plymouth is Taranaki's largest town with a population of 45,000 overlooking the Tasman Sea. Taranaki itself is the foremost energy province in New Zealand situated 1 hours flight time from Auckland International Airport (or 4˝ hours by car).

Special character

Spotswood College is a co-educational, multi-cultural school which is committed to an inclusive philosophy of education which also promotes excellence in all fields of school endeavour. The school caters for many Special Needs students who are well integrated into the school community. Our school is welcoming and friendly and overseas students enjoy the supportive atmosphere. Today, Spotswood College is one of the larger schools in New Plymouth with a roll of over 800. It maintains high academic standards. As well as the strong emphasis upon academic excellence, the school promotes a balance of activities -cultural, sporting and community service -and is committed to a safe, caring and friendly environment with opportunities for developing leadership skills. Spotswood College is an academic high school with a good reputation for scholastic excellence. Students continue on to tertiary study and gain acceptance at all the universities and polytechnics of New Zealand. Spotswood College emphasises ongoing effort to achieve the highest academic success, participation in music, drama and sport, and the development of firm friendships in a caring environment.

Opportunity is a key feature of life at Spotswood College.  Many students take advantage of the huge range of opportunities.  Our Kapa Haka group is very successful and are regional winners.  Our Young Enterprise group was also a Taranaki regional winner for the second consecutive year and have recently returned from the New Zealand finals, where 14 Secondary schools were involved out of over 300 entrants.  We are exceptionally proud of them.  Our Hatrix and Concert bands continue to be highly sought after and once again won medals in regional competitions

Our sporting culture is thriving and the numbers involved in teams have increased.  We have had excellent successes, and for many students their involvement in sport has assisted their academic progress as it has helped them to be very positive about school life.

Facilites & Services

Spotswood College has a full complement of laboratories, computer suites, music, art, technology suites (materials, textiles, foods, electronics) and sports facilities, library and classrooms. TV, video, overhead projectors and stand-alone computers are standard equipment for classrooms. All classrooms and specialist teaching rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching technology to assist the highly trained and qualified teachers. Full support services for students are available from Form teachers, year level Deans and the Guidance Counsellor. International students also have their own "Dean of International Students" for support. International students are "buddied" with a local student upon arrival at Spotswood College. The Principal keeps close contact with parents.

Getting to New Plymouth

International flights arrive at Auckland or Wellington. Domestic flights bring students to New Plymouth where they are met by the Dean of International Students of Spotswood College, welcomed and settled into their accommodation. International airports can be confusing for young people travelling alone for the first time. For this reason Spotswood College has engaged the services of a local airport guide who is available to escort students through airport formalities and see them safely on to their connecting flight to New Plymouth. (The charge for this service is $NZ100 (GST included). Parents are asked to include payment for this service at the time of advising Spotswood College of flights and arrival times in New Zealand).

Postal Address:
Spotswood College
PO Box 6116
New Plymouth
New Zealand


Physical Address:

Spotswood College
South Road
New Plymouth
New Zealand

Phone: (06) 751 2416

Fax: (06) 751 2418

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Gloria Holland
Director of International Students

Spotswood College
South Road
PO Box 6116
New Plymouth
New Zealand

Phone -0064 6 751 2416 (school)
-0064 6 753 4948 (home)
-0064 21 751 241 (mobile)

Winner Education NZ Award for Excellence in International Student Support 2011

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