As a student, most teachers are nice enough and passionate enough but pastoral care is absolute nonsense.
Will state they want the best for the girls and what makes them happy, but then don't even give two cares if no girl is happy about a change (which does not need to happen) and several girls are crying over it, a lady who was in charge of the change even going as far to state "as long as most girls are happy, I'm doing a good job", while people are visibly upset, crying and whatnot. This change has the majority of two of the boarding houses crying, upset. 83 girls signed a petition against it and that's only the girls who were around at the time, and of only mostly 2 year groups, and one of the whole boarding houses signed it (49ish girls)
If you only care about education, that's great, but if you care even a little bit about your daughter's mental health and happiness, then perhaps other places may be better.
I post this anonymously so they cannot find me to make me take it down or punish me for this negative review, for my opinion.
There is also a massive issue of overcrowding, as the schools try to accept the maximum amount of students every year recently, and one year group has to sit on the floor of the chapel during services instead of pews.
the actual school side of things was good but they shut students up when they cry for mental health support. the counsellor was good but school could have done better to handle it. also there was verbal harassment to a particular student who had intellectual disabilities and no one spoke up or did much about it at all. but overall the academics were great although there was some bias by teachers, but food was good
The day school side of the school is AMAZING but the boarding side is terrible and it would be really helpful that if instead of giving their staffs girls day girl spots to give the day school spots instead to people who are in the havelock north zone so that people who live two minutes down the road don’t have to board.