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Dilworth School




Dilworth School is an independent (private) full boarding school where all the boys attending are on scholarships, which cover all costs of education and boarding.

James Dilworth, the founder of the Trust and the School, died in 1894 and left all his estate in trust to establish a school for boys from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Trust provides the funding to run the School.

A disadvantaged background may mean adverse financial and/or other circumstances.

James Dilworth was quite specific about the concept that he wanted for the School - "providing an education for as many boys as possible from families in straitened circumstances to ensure that those boys become good and useful citizens". That basic concept has not changed in 100 years.

Dilworth is a school for making good boys better - it is not a school for "problem" boys nor those with severe behavioural problems.

The School follows a normal curriculum in accordance with the Ministry of Education guidelines. The only departure is in the provision of a Religious Education course reflecting the Christian foundation of the School.

From Years 5 to 10 all boys take English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, PE and Life Skills as core subjects. Materials, Information, Textiles, Food and Electronics Technologies are also offered across these levels.

Maori, French, Art, Graphics, Drama, Music and Business Studies are additional options which are offered as compulsory or optional subjects, depending on the year level.

At Year 11 boys may select from the following subjects for N.C.E.A.: English, Science, Accounting, Graphics, Geography, History, Maths, Design Technology, French, Art, Music, Economics, Accounting and Maori. At Year 12, the same subjects are available except that Art divides into Practical Art, Photography and Art History; Science into Chemistry, Physics, General Science and Biology. Classical Studies, PE, Journalism and Applied Maths are also Year 12 options.

In Year 13 Maths becomes Statistics and Calculus, two separate options; Practical Art becomes Painting, Print Making and Photography. Most of the above Year 12 subjects are also options in Year 13. Boys in Year 13 are prepared for NCEA Level 3 and scholarship.

A Transition programme is operated to enable the boys at Years 11 and 12 to explore various careers and obtain on-the-job experience before making one of the most important decisions of their lives.

Dilworth academiaHomework is regularly set for all boys and is closely supervised. Assessment and examination reports are sent to parents on a regular basis and report meetings for parents and teachers are held during the year. It is expected that all parents will attend report meetings with teachers. In addition, a Dean system operates at the Senior Campus, enabling staff to monitor the academic progress of each boy and report, if necessary, to parents.

The School has extensive Information Technology facilities, and students are able to access computers during the evenings as well as throughout the regular school day.


School name:Dilworth School
Address:Private Bag 28-904
Zip & city:1136 Auckland
Phone:+64 9 523 1060
Web:http://www.dilworth.school.nz/
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