Why a Girls' School?

Why a Girls' School?

We believe that educating your daughter in an all-girls’ learning environment is the best choice you will make.
Single-sex settings can better accommodate the large differences in the social, cognitive and developmental growth rates of boys and girls aged between the key adolescent years of 12 to 16. Girls in single-sex schools also achieve significantly stronger academic results than any other group. They are more likely to take Physics and Mathematics - and to do well at them - and are more likely to interact with their teachers.

Better Academic Results

Better Academic Results

NCEA and Scholarship results show that students in both boys’ and girls’ single-sex schools consistently achieve higher academic results than their peers in a co-ed environment. Students at Diocesan School for Girls consistently achieve higher than average results in NCEA nationally. Diocesan girls are also a cut above their co-educated peers in Auckland’s decile 10 schools when it comes to achieving NCEA Excellence, with at least 10% more Diocesan girls achieving the higher grade consistently across all levels of NCEA.

Tailored to the way girls learn

Tailored to the way girls learn

It’s not just academic achievement where single sex education wins out. At Diocesan, girls have more leadership opportunities; they participate more freely in discussions, they feel empowered to behave more competitively, and they take more healthy risks, such as trying new activities.


Diocesan teachers adapt their teaching and courses to the way girls learn. Our girls are inspired to thrive and excel and we celebrate their achievements with them.

Being an all-girls school is one of the key reasons for our girls’ consistently high academic achievement and results are in line with statistics from Australia and the UK.

These differences in results do not mean that girls do not learn in co-ed schools; it means that the opportunities that are provided by girls’ schools enable girls to achieve their full potential. In a learning environment that is free from gender discrimination, girls achieve greater academic success, are more confident and assertive and are more likely to study science, technology and mathematics (STEM) subjects and participate in physical education.

Post-school, they are more likely to pursue tertiary study and careers in STEM, hold leadership positions and earn higher wages.