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Every option for education in the Bay

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Education is an acknowledged draw card for many existing and new entrants to Hawke’s Bay, not only for the schools’ high standards of national achievement at all levels but the history, atmosphere and community spirit.

Woodford House for girls, set in 22 hectares of park-like grounds, celebrated its Havelock North centenary in 2011, although the school history dates back to 1894. It caters for years 7 to 13, the roll is approximately 300 students and about half are boarders in the hostel. The integrated school is noted for its academic excellence. Within its grounds are a 25 metre swimming pool, Astroturf and other sports facilities. The school has a totally wireless campus. Iona College, founded in 1913 by the Presbyterian Church, has 11 hectares of expansive grounds, with excellent sports facilities and a pool. It has a blend of glorious, older architecture and modern buildings, such as its Information Resources Centre and Performing Arts Centre. The integrated school for girls in years 7 to 13 deliberately keeps its class sizes small. The roll is capped at 270, with a mix of day students and boarders. It too has an outstanding record of academic achievement. Hereworth School is one of New Zealand’s leading, independent schools, specialising in primary and intermediate education for boys, providing both day and boarding placements. It was founded in 1927. The school is set in 9.5 hectares of magnificent, peaceful surroundings at the foot of the Te Mata Hills and commands stunning views across the Heretaunga Plains. It has highly regarded academic, social, sporting and recreational amenities. Its current Headmaster is just the ninth in the preparatory school’s history.

Established in 1975, Havelock North High School is a young, vibrant co-educational state school that combines modern facilities and a progressive education system with traditional values such as house spirit, school pride and high expectations of performance. With a roll of over 1,000 students, it has the ability to offer intensive competition and a wide range of academic, cultural and sporting challenges. Students are regularly among the top achievers in national examinations and competitions. Other state schools include: Havelock North Intermediate, Decile 8, about 600 students, Havelock North Primary, Decile 10, about 600 students, Lucknow School, Decile 5 primary school with a roll of 270 and Te Mata School, Decile 10 primary school with a roll that fluctuates up to around 600.