Auckland Grammar School

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Auckland Grammar School is one of New Zealand's leading secondary schools, with an international reputation for all-round excellence in academics, sport and cultural pursuits. Auckland Grammar is a state-funded school for boys founded in 1869, offering an academic programme based on both national and international syllabi, and welcomes international students from diverse backgrounds.
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Auckland Grammar believes in a rigorous academic education and in healthy academic competition and has an extensive co-curricular programme in both sport and cultural activities. Auckland Grammar School is a state boys school founded in 1869. All round excellence is demanded of all students.

A special, unique and independent state school 

Auckland Grammar School strengths are a result of:

  • A rich history and tradition
  • A magnificent main building and superb teaching and sports’ facilities
  • A prestigious and favoured location
  • A student cohort that is generally motivated and ambitious for success
  • Unprecedented community support
  • Strong governance and management
  • Extraordinarily strong teaching and support staff

Top academic school 

Auckland Grammar School is the pre-eminent academic secondary school in New Zealand. Over the years the School has produced:

  • 25 Rhodes Scholars (to Oxford)
  • 14 Girdlers Scholars (to Cambridge)
  • 7 Fellows of the Royal Society of London (the largest number of any school outside UK)
  • 1 Fields Medal winner (Vaughan Jones 1990)

As a result of excellent “A” level CIE results, Auckland Grammar students are accepted into various prestigious overseas universities including Oxford, Imperial College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Duke University and Dartmouth College (Ivy League), Melbourne University, University of Queensland, Flinders University and Macquarie University.

Location and facilities

Auckland Grammar is an inner city school, close to motorways and railway. Located in the central Auckland suburb of Epsom on 16 hectares of land, the facilities include; a 400-seat auditorium, three rugby fields, water-based artificial hockey turf, six artificial turf tennis courts, three soccer fields, an indoor sports centre, two squash courts, three pavilions, two gymnasiums, two cricket wickets, one practice turf, music suite, library and an information technology block. Grammar has its own outdoor education centre at Ohakune, which is 30 minutes from the skifields on Mt Ruapehu.

Academic programmes

Auckland Grammar School offers both the New Zealand National Qualification (NCEA) as well as international qualifications offered by Cambridge International Exams (CIE).

Exceptional national examination success

The School’s success in external national and international examinations is unparalleled:

  • Regularly ranked in the top 5 schools in the elite New Zealand Scholarship examination
  • 100% pass rate in International Cambridge A-level exams since boys started entering these exams in 2004
  • Consistently had University Entrance pass rates over 90% during the past 17 years
  • Majority of entrants ranked in the top 1% in other international examinations (e.g. American Classical League and Australian Mathematics, Science and English)

English language entry requirements

International students are tested for English language proficiency and some students may be required to complete an intensive course of English language before starting at Auckland Grammar School.


Physical Address
25 Mountain Road, Epsom, Auckland

Mailing Address
Private Bag 99930, Auckland

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