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Application and Enrolment

COVID-19 and Enrolments

Due to our current border restrictions, Wentworth College is unable to guarantee a 2021 start date for new students arriving from overseas. NZ’s borders are currently closed to anyone other than Citizens or holders of Resident Visas. No international students are currently allowed in to New Zealand, and they have closed student visa applications from offshore. You may have seen recent information in the news about 1000 students being allowed in later this year, but these are tertiary students doing PHDs. It does not apply to secondary education. We anticipate our borders will be closed to international students until 2022. 

Please be assured that there is a lot of work being done by the secondary schools sector with the government on how we can bring international students in safely. Wentworth College is keeping abreast of the situation and will inform applicants of any changes. Everyone is keen to get international students back to our shores to study, but safely.

Enrolment process

To make an application to study at Wentworth College or the Primary School, please download and complete the appropriate application form, and read our International Tuition agreement. This gives us all the information we need to make you an offer of place at our school, and if required, find you the best possible homestay family. You are welcome to return these forms to us either by email or post to the International Student Director.

International Student Application Form – College 2021

International Student Application Form – Wentworth Primary 2021

Step 1 Download and complete the Application form and read our International Tuition Agreement.

Step 2 Return it to the International Student Director either by email or post, and include copies of your most recent school reports and copy of your passport ID page.

Step 3 If we accept you, you will be offered a provisional offer of place and an invoice for the tuition and homestay fees. We may arrange a telephone or skype interview if necessary.

Step 4 Upon payment of the tuition fees, we will issue you an Official Offer of Place and a Receipt, which are the two documents required to enable you to commence the student visa application with New Zealand Immigration.

Step 5 Our Homestay Coordinator will arrange a homestay family for you and advise you of the details. If required, the school can arrange for International Student Medical and Travel Insurance, which is a compulsory requirement of your stay in NZ.

Step 6 Notify us of your arrival times and we will arrange pick up at the airport and transfer you to Gulf Harbour. We will introduce you to your host parents. School uniforms can be arranged once you have arrived and remember to bring a copy of your student visa in your passport on your first day.

2021 International Tuition Fees

2021 Tuition Fees per year (inclusive of Government taxes):

Wentworth Primary School – NZD $24,000

Wentworth College
Years 7 to 10 – NZD $29,500
Years 11 to 13 – NZD $31,500

Application Fee – $250 (one off payment)

Enrolment Fee – $1,000 (one off payment)

Entrance Bond – $1500

Homestay accommodation fees (per year):
Over 14 years of age – $13,200 (44 weeks @ $300 per week)
Under 14 years of age – $14,080 (44 weeks @ $320 per week)

Homestay placement fee (one off payment) $375

Homestay visiting fee (per year) $170

Airport transport cost (each way) $130

Medical insurance: students can arrange their own cover in their home country (please contact us first to make sure that your policy meets all the Code of Practice requirements) or Wentworth College can arrange Studentsafe cover. (Refer to Studentsafe website,–  NZ$519 for 12 months).

NOTE: For 2022 fees, please contact the International Department. These will be set in the first half of 2021.

Payment of International Tuition Fees
Immigration New Zealand require international students to pay almost all fees associated with their schooling (including insurance) prior to issuing the student with a visa. Sundry fees, such as uniform costs, textbooks and class trips etc, will be invoiced as they arrive.

Extra costs:

  1. Stationery (allow NZ$100-NZ$200)
  2. Bus fares to and from school if applicable
  3. School Uniform (allow about $700)
  4. Pocket money
  5. Activity fees vary for each term, and cover field trips, levies and extra activities.
  6. Involvement in extra-curricular activities e.g sport, music (weeknights/weekends).
  7. If sitting CAIE exams, exam fees (approximately $110 per subject)

Entrance Requirements

New Entrants Years 10 – 13

We have an English Proficiency Entrance Requirement for new entrants starting in years 10 – 13. Students entering at Year 10 need to achieve upper A2, whilst students entering years 11-13 need to be at level B1 in the Cambridge English Common European Framework of Reference for Languages tests, which is a testing level used world-wide. Students need to sit the Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools exam (if B1) or the Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools (A2). A list of overseas test centres are available here. For more information about Cambridge English Language Testing, click here. Year 10-13 students who wish to join us in 2018 who do not meet the level A2/B1 entrance requirement can consider a pathway whereby the student studies at a language school full time, for up to 12 weeks, prior to starting with Wentworth College.

New Entrants Years 1 – 9

Students starting in years 1 – 9 do not need to be assessed in English as our strong ESOL programme will be able to bring students with low levels of English up to the required standards by the time they start their exam years.

Visas and Immigration

International Students at Wentworth College will be able to study here on a Foreign Fee Paying International Student Visa. These are renewed annually. Wentworth College are happy to arrange the renewal of the student visa each year, a small administration fee of $150 applies for this service.

Assistance with Student Visas: If you do not wish to have an agent represent your child, we will happily arrange the Immigration paperwork for you. (A small fee of $150 applies for this service.)

Guardianship Visas – New Zealand Immigration allow one parent to accompany a student on an annual guardianship visa. The child must live with this parent for the duration of their study at Wentworth College. We can help you complete the Immigration paperwork if you wish to accompany your child for their stay in New Zealand.

School Uniform

International Students at Wentworth College will be required to wear a School Uniform. Click here for more information.

2021 Term Dates


International Students may join Wentworth College at any time during the school academic year.

Tuesday 26 January 2021 – Course confirmation day for Years 12 and 13 returning students.
Orientation Day for new and transferring students.

Term 1
Wednesday 27 January to Friday 16 April
(College returning students)
Tuesday 2 February to Friday 16 April
(Primary new and returning students)

Term 2 Monday 3 May to Friday 2 July

Term 3 Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4 Monday 18 October to Wednesday 8 December (College)
Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December (Primary School)

Public Holidays 2021

  • Monday 1 February – Auckland Anniversary
  • Thursday 8 February – Waitangi Day
  • Friday 2 April – Good Friday 
  • Monday 5 April – Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6 April – School closed
  • Monday, 26 April – Anzac Day (falls during school holidays)
  • Monday, 7 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • Monday, 25 October – Labour Day

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