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Hagley Community College

Hagley Community College
Te Puna Wai O Waipapa
Hagley Community College in 2008
510 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch
Coordinates 43°32′16″S 172°37′24″E / 43.5377°S 172.6234°E / -43.5377; 172.6234Coordinates: 43°32′16″S 172°37′24″E / 43.5377°S 172.6234°E / -43.5377; 172.6234

Type State co-ed Secondary (Years 9-15)
Established 1966
Ministry of Education Institution no. 336
School roll 1541
Socio-economic decile 5

Hagley Community College, is a non-integrated state secondary school in inner-city Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to 1966 the school was Christchurch West High School, which was founded in 1858.


Unlike most New Zealand High Schools there is no uniform requirement and students may address their teachers on a first name basis. Over 92% of students leave with qualifications and a substantially greater proportion than the national average go on to graduate from a New Zealand University.[1]

The 1950s school hall has been transformed into a theatre, and former rooms of the school are now in use as a dance studio and drama studio.[2] As well as the usual NCEA subjects, Hagley offers several specialised programmes, including Early childhood Education, Hagley Dance Company, Hagley Writers' Institute and Hagley School of Cuisine.[3][4]

The school is listed with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.[5]

Main building

The school's main building was registered as a heritage building by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust on 26 November 1981 with registration number 1874 classified as C.[6] With the change of the classification system, the building later became a Category II listing.[7]

Former principal Brent Ingram lobbied the Ministry of Education in the 1990s to have the main building earthquake-strengthened. The double-brick building dating from 1924 was an earthquake risk, as reports first identified in the 1960s.[8][7] When the Ministry disagreed, Ingram took the case first to the Ombudsman and then filed proceedings in the High Court before the Ministry gave in. About NZ$4.2m was spent on the strengthening work. The building came through the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake reasonably unharmed and, according to Ingram, "didn't lose a brick".[8]


Brent Ingram was principal for 21 years until 2012. During his time, the roll increased from 900 to 2300 pupils.[8]


External links

  • Official Site
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