Nayland College steadies its roll

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Nayland College has kicked off a positive start to the year, with principal Daniel Wilson saying they have exactly the same number of students enrolled for 2016 as last year – 1032.

“As it takes five years for lower intakes to filter through the system, we were predicting a drop in roll for 2016,” he says.

“But we have a much larger year nine intake than expected and greater retention in the senior school, which shows that we have the support of the local community moving forward.”

Nayland’s roll had been dropping for several years, and last year lost 100 students compared to two years before.

The school, which will be celebrating its 50th jubilee at the end of March, has seen some significant changes over the past year, and they have 10 new teachers on board for 2016. “Any school in the country would be extremely envious of the experience and expertise of the staff that we welcomed at the beginning of the year,” he says.

Daniel says the school had a “fantastic” year in 2015, which shows through their preliminary NCEA results.

“Significant improvements in achievement have been noted across the board, nationally and regionally,” he says.

The school is also embarking on several significant infrastructure projects this year.

The school ICT network has been upgraded, every computer in the school has either been replaced or upgraded, and they have replaced the entire wireless network.

There are also several large-scale maintenance and building projects at the school.