Westlake Boys’ High focuses on excellence
Students experience constant feelings of personal achievement, reward, self-discovery and development.
Over the past 55 years, Westlake Boys’ High School has matured into one of New Zealand’s highest-performing secondary schools. The state-funded college on Auckland’s North Shore has built a strong reputation for excellence based upon its students’ outstanding national achievements.
Westlake boys consistently achieve national honours in academia, sport and the arts. The school’s culture of excellence is built upon a focus of high expectations around academic achievement coupled with outstanding extracurricular opportunities and comprehensive support systems.
Headmaster David Ferguson says that “as a result of Westlake Boys’ tailored focus upon a young man’s potential, a Westlake education enables students to experience constant feelings of personal achievement, reward, self-discovery and development”.
Westlake Boys’ High School’s academic results over the past three years speak for themselves:
• In 2014, Westlake Boys’ was the top Scholarship school in the country: its students achieved a total of 167 Scholarships across a wide variety of subjects.
• Two of New Zealand’s top three Scholarship students i n 2014 were from Westlake Boys’, and Dux Joshua Hansen secured the Prime Minister’s Award for top Scholarship student in the country.
• In 2015 and 2016, Westlake once again featured among the top three Scholarship schools.
• In 2016, of New Zealand’s top 60 Scholarship students, eight were Westlake Boys’ graduates.
Consistently in recent years, three of New Zealand’s top four Scholarship schools have been boys’ schools.
Research supports the choice of all families who seek a boys’ education for their sons — the Achievement in Boys’ Schools survey published in 2014 by the New Zealand Council of Educational Research revealed that, at all decile levels, boys do better in boys’ schools. Evidence showed that the reason for this clear finding was that boys’ schools are able to deliver an education that focuses on the specific learning needs and development patterns of young men.
A Westlake education is tailored to a young man’s potential, ensuring that each student is treated as an individual. Students are expected to display good manners and respect for others and to develop high levels of self-discipline.