Now in its second century, Epsom Girls Grammar School (EGGS) provides a broad and deep curriculum for 2,200 students in years 9-13. The school places emphasis on strong, professional learning relationships between teachers and students in an inclusive learning environment. The school values student agency and critical engagement.
Each year senior students achieve at high levels in NCEA. The NZQA 2018 comparison report against other decile 8-10 schools (EGGS is a decile 9 school) shows that at each Level of NCEA EGGS students performed above the comparison group (Level 1: 7.5% above; Level 2: 10% above; Level 3: 10.7% above and in university entrance, 15.6% above). Endorsement rates at Merit and Excellence are high, especially important in Year 13 as they contribute value to ranked scores required for entry into university degree courses.
Epsom graduates go on to universities all around the world, including Australia, Britain and the United States. In 2018, 72 NZ scholarships were gained across 21 subjects. This demonstrates that a student can achieve at the highest level right across the curriculum.
The co-curricular programme is an important part of the educational experience at Epsom. With over 40 sporting codes, over 40 arts and cultural activities, and a range of learning and community groups, it is hoped that every student can find an activity to suit their interests and skills. Service is an important feature of the student leadership system, with senior students taking on substantial leadership roles within the School.
Currently, the New Zealand U19 World Cup Lacrosse Team is competing with members including three current Epsom students, and two alumnae, as well as teacher Rosie Gunn who is the head coach. Each year the school has a large number of age level national representatives across a range of sports.
EGGS students are ready to learn and to engage critically with their learning; to develop and show courage, compassion, curiosity and community—the four school values. If you would like to know more about Epsom Girls Grammar School visit eggs.school.nz or the Facebook page: facebook.com/EpsomGirlsGrammarSchool