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William Colenso College


Hawke's Bay


Thank you for taking the time to read about William Colenso College. We have the staff, facilities and programmes that will help students from around the world gain qualifications and access a range of learning opportunities. Our spacious and modern campus is located in Napier, New Zealand.

William Colenso is a modern and progressive school with a rich tradition of providing high quality academic, cultural and sporting opportunities. We offer internationally recognised qualifications including University Entrance. We are a signatory to ‘The Code of Practice for the Care of International Students’.

William Colenso College provides an outstanding education.  In 2017 the College won the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Award for leadership.  In 2018 we won the same award for inclusive education.  We are the only school in New Zealand to have won the Prime Minister’s Excellence award twice.  These awards reflect the world class opportunities and care which all students receive at the school.

Our students and staff are well known for being friendly and positive. We have welcomed students from around the world for over 15 years and work hard to maintain this climate. Our well-resourced student support centre and International Student Support staff are always here to assist individuals realise their potential.

More about William Colenso College

William Colenso College is a state owned, co-educational day school situated near the centre of the city of Napier. Napier, a small seaside city of 55,000 people, is on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is just 50 minutes by air, or a pleasant 5-6 hour car drive, from the International Airport of Auckland and about the same distance from the capital city of Wellington. The school was founded in 1959 and has been successfully hosting international students since the mid 1990s. We offer students from all corners of the world the opportunity to live, learn and achieve in a happy, relaxed environment. The school's dedicated staff is justly proud of its outstanding success rate with international students wishing to gain entry into university.
William Colenso College offers a wide range of Science, Arts and Cultural subjects such as Photography, Dance, Hospitality, Design, Contruction, Engineering, etc.  There are opportunities to participate in many different sports including kayaking, rugby, soccer, hockey, badminton, cricket, tennis, basketball, etc.  In 2007 William Colenso College gained the top award in New Zealand for its Outdoor Education programme and was runner-up in 2013.
The International Department staff includes a Director, a Homestay Co-ordinator, a bilingual ESOL Teacher and two International Teacher Aides.
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Contact details


William Colenso College
21 Arnold Street
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Phone number

+64 6 831 0180
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