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ACG Sunderland named West Auckland’s top school


ACG Sunderland has cemented its reputation as West Auckland’s leading secondary school, following the recent release of Metro magazine’s Best Schools list.

Metro ranked the Henderson-based school number one in West Auckland for University Entrance last year. An outstanding 91% of its Year 13 students achieved University Entrance in 2017, and it placed 9th equal across all of Auckland’s 87 secondary schools. Data was collated using a weighted average of results from 2012 – 2017.

School principal Nathan Villars said the outstanding results reflected the school’s commitment to getting the very best out of each and every one of its students.

“Our focus is on creating an environment where all students feel inspired to achieve their potential in all their endeavours,” he said.

ACG Sunderland University Entrance pass rates have shot up by 5% in the past year, a testament to the hard work and dedication to excellence shared by staff, students and families at the school. It is the only school in West Auckland offering the complete Cambridge pathway from primary school to Year 13, and last year achieved an unbeatable 100% pass rate at A Level.

In addition to its outstanding academic results, ACG Sunderland students are also doing exceptionally well in arts, music and sport.

“We are extremely proud to be part of the West Auckland community. Our goal is to develop confident, well-rounded young people and we achieve that by delivering world-class education in a nurturing and supportive environment underpinned by strong family values,” Principal Villars added.

ACG Sunderland parent Mandy Allen couldn’t agree more, having watched her son Tyler Glenn blossom in the ten years he has been at the school.

“The kids here are all seen, they don’t just disappear. Tyler’s had some learning challenges and how far he’s come is all thanks to the teaching staff and the people who have supported him at school, together with the hard work he’s put in,” she said.

Tyler was recently named as an Associate House Leader. He loves basketball, avidly follows politics and wears a blazer weighed down with badges from all the sports, activities and leadership events he is part of. He is currently undertaking a basketball coaching course at Unitec and assisting the school coach with one of the school’s basketball teams. The strong leadership skills Tyler is developing at ACG Sunderland will stand him in good stead for his future endeavours.

Principal Villars said Tyler was just one of hundreds of students who were unlocking their full potential at ACG Sunderland.

“Our students enjoy the structure here and our style of education, which focuses on good-quality teaching, self-motivation, and creating a culture where we celebrate achievement,” he said.