Choosing an Academic Programme

Choosing an Academic Programme

CHIL_G9C5263Our aim at Chilton is to give all students a broad, well-balanced education. International Students receive all their lessons with New Zealanders except for extra English (ESOL). The aim of ESOL is to accelerate International Students into the mainstream English programme. The International Student programme may include up to four lessons per week of ESOL. This will either be delivered ‘one on one’ or as part of a small group.

At Chilton, a vertical senior timetable allows students to undertake study for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 or 3 from Year 12 to Year 13.

The learning needs of each International Student will be individually assessed when she enters the School.

Chilton Curriculum

Chilton Saint James School is embarking on Cambridge International Examinations. At present we run IGCE for Years 10 and 11 and NCEA for Years 12/13. In 2020 we will be a full CIE School.

Please view the Cambridge IGCSE handbook below for more information on what subjects are available in 2018:

Chilton Curriculum: NCEA Years 12–13 in 2018


With over 80 teams in more than 20 sports most Chilton girls participate in one or more sports in addition to the core Physical Education programme. International Students are also encouraged to participate.

Sports offered at the School include Aerobics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Dragon Boating, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Orienteering, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Underwater Hockey, Volleyball and Waterpolo.

The School has excellent facilities with a 25m outdoor swimming pool, a sports field, tennis / netball courts, gymnasium and a well-equipped fitness training facility.

Chilton enjoys success in a number of codes with recent success in Netball, Swimming and Volleyball as well as New Zealand representatives in a number of sports.

Music and Performing Arts

Chilton has a long history of success in the Performing Arts. Chilton’s premier auditioned choir, the Seraphim Choir is renowned internationally and we have one of the largest secondary school orchestras in the Wellington region. The Chilton Dance Centre is one of the largest private Dance Schools in New Zealand.

International Students may include Performing Arts as part of their academic programme. We also have a wide range of after school activities including Music and Dance tuition to Drama, Choir and Debating groups. Extra-curricular activities are available at extra cost.
H3 Golf Development Programme
Chilton Saint James School partners with Boulcott’s Farm Heritage Golf Club to offer an optional Golf coaching and development programme for International Students.

Aligned to the student’s core education programme, the Golf initiative is tailored to achieve a whole of learning experience – both in the classroom environment and on the Golf course.

Golf Development Programme students hold Boulcott’s Farm Club Membership status during the time they are attending Chilton. Under the guidance of New Zealand Professional Golf Association registered coaches (AAA NZPGA Coach Rating), students hold a New Zealand Golf rated Handicap.

A highly structured Golf Development Programme involves a minimum of two Golf coaching sessions each week, access is also available to both mental and strength conditioners, along with regular Club and Interprovincial Tournament Championship play. The 12-month coaching programme caters for all aspects of an individual’s play along with course management and Golf etiquette.

The current cost of the programme is NZ$3,000.00 including GST (Goods and Services Tax) per school year.


Chilton provides International Students with the opportunity to study Classical Ballet and other related dance styles at the Chilton Dance Centre, a leading secondary dance organisation in New Zealand.

The Dance Centre offers a unique programme to those girls who may be considering dance as a career option. It enables students to complete their academic education at Chilton Saint James School then, in the evenings, pursue their dance studies in a well-structured programme of the highest quality. Upon graduating from Chilton, students who participate in this programme will be able to choose either an academic programme at any university and / or a career based in Dance. Past Chilton Dance Centre students have gone on to study and perform internationally both in Europe and in Asia.

Extra-curricular Dance study costs  vary according to each International Student’s choice of programme.